Kathleen Mary Tepper is a member of the Democratic Town Committee
To the editor:
I don’t object to paying taxes, they are a necessary part of a civilized existence. And part of that civilized existence means that I should be able to have some small say in how my tax money is spent.
In difficult financial times such as these, I like to think I can trust our legislators to spend my hard-earned tax dollars on the real necessities that my town and my state require – things like education, sidewalks, sanitation, bridges, roads, creating jobs or even summer programs for disadvantaged kids.
Imagine my surprise when I find that Rep. Cafero and the Oak Hills Park Authority (OHPA) have a quite different plan for those taxpayer funds – nothing less than a commercial driving range that will benefit the special interest of golfers! Not to mention the money that OHPA will be sure to want from Norwalk taxpayers in order to provide supplemental funding for this plan.
Am I missing something here? The state is able to find a $1.5 million grant for a driving range that offers no guarantee that it can pay for itself in the future and yet they nickel and dime funds for our schools and infrastructure.
As a taxpayer, I totally object to this misappropriation of our very limited funds. This unnecessary expenditure should be removed from both state and local agendas until there has been a much more detailed and transparent examination of this objective by all of Norwalk’s taxpayers.
Kathleen Mary Tepper