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Dredge We Must!

Westporters are used to paying taxes for services we may never use.

Single folks and childless couples pony up for education. Country club members subsidize Longshore. We all chip in for the fire department, even though most of us (thankfully) never call them.

Yet a recent proposal has called into question an intriguing question: Who should pay to dredge the Ned Dimes Marina?

No one denies it’s needed (it was last dredged in 1993). But the cost is $1.2 million.

The Ned Dimes Marina.

The Ned Dimes Marina.

The Board of Finance thinks boat owners with slips in the marina — that’s the one at Compo Beach — should cover the entire bill. The RTM Finance Committee agrees.

But another option on the table is an 80-20 split between boat owners and the town, respectively. The RTM will discuss the matter at their January 10 meeting.

What do you think? Is this a project that — while it does not benefit everyone — the town should fully cover? Are there intangible benefits that non-boat owners receive from a dredged channel? Is this one of many uses for tax money that we should not even quibble about? Does it open the door to a discussion of other types of funding, for other “town projects”?

Click “Comments” below. And be sure to note whether you’re a boat owner or not.

And if so, where you keep it!

Through The Board Of Finance Looking Glass

Across the country, lines are drawn. 

Democrats are tax-and-spend liberals.  Their recent passage of healthcare legislation will bankrupt the nation, advance socialism and create Armageddon.

Republicans are penny-pinching, cold-hearted conservatives.  Their opposition to healthcare legislation ignores the economic help it will provide to millions and the deficit reduction that will ensue, probably because Republicans are too busy throwing rocks through Democratic congressmen’s windows.

Except in Westport, which is located just this side of Alice’s rabbit hole.

The White Rabbit (courtesy of Wikipedia)

Last night — after effusively praising the Board of Education budget as well-crafted, realistic, yada yada yada — the Board of Finance voted to cut $1 million from it.

The proposal passed on party lines.  All 4 Democrats voted for the reduction; all 3 opposed it.

Lest you think that the Republicans wanted a deeper cut, think again.  Republican Avi Kaner suggested only a $197,000 reduction; fellow GOP member Ed Iannone offered up $600,000.

It was Democrat Allyson Stollenweck who came up with the $1 million figure.  That was still less than her Democratic colleague Brian Stern; his suggestion was $1.2 million.

And it was Republican Kaner — not any 1 of the 4 Democrats — who said:  “The schools are the one thing we cannot compromise on.  Don’t mess around with it as much as you are proposing.  I think it’s an awful mistake.”

When logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead
And the White Knight is talking backward…