Illi is wrong in his criticism of Goldrick’s proposals

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

This letter is written in response to Jean-Jacques Illi’s letter to the editor in the Post’s Jan. 23 edition, which criticizes columnist Sean Goldrick’s position on long-term borrowing.

In his letter, Mr. Illi is concerned his son, now 8 years old, will be overwhelmed with debt when he becomes an adult still living here. But actually, if our infrastructure problems aren’t addressed soon, his son might be facing a tsunami of incredible debt when he becomes an adult.

We keep putting Band-Aids on our crumbling infrastructure and if we don’t face these concerns soon, we really will be in a disastrous situation in years to come. I heard that we almost lost our town’s water treatment plant during Hurricane Sandy. And just suppose our Eastern Civic Center’s roof collapses, and with a crowd inside.

I admit I might be getting a little dramatic here, but with the maintenance costs rising into the hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on this building as well as on our crumbling schools, the more we put this off, the worse they will get until these issues are properly dealt with.

With interest rates at a historic low, we should be focusing on many of our problems now. Our debt level now is a fraction of what it is in other wealthy towns in Connecticut. Indeed, we’re the only AAA-rated town in our state that is not taking advantage of the low interest rates.

And this could actually save Mr. Illi’s son from facing an even larger tax bill when he’s older.

However, I do appreciate his complimenting Mr. Goldrick’s proposal on our ill-performing pension fund. That this problem is not addressed is unprofessional and sad.

 

Betty Bonsal
Riverside

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