Wasn’t it Yogi Berra who said, “It’s deja vu all over again”?
It’s certainly deja vu all over again here in Castleton. I am holding (and about to quote from) a flier sent out to “Fellow Castleton Taxpayers” in June 2000 by a group of concerned citizens. (There was a move afoot to abandon the town office building in the village and move to the former medical center building, west of the village, now housing the Ducharme Funeral Home.) A few salient points from the flier:
“Why do we need more space? Large public meetings are being held at the Village School, a wise use of available space. The Community Center has just completed its 100-seat meeting room, available at no cost for any town meetings. Adequate parking is available along Main Street adjacent to the town office building. ... (A parking lot) will generate paving/plowing costs which we have never had — more expense. The acknowledged for a Public Safety Building (Police, Fire and First Response) will not be satisfied by this move and should be addressed separately ... make no mistake, if you vote ‘yes,’ your taxes will go up.”
We voted, decisively, to renovate and not to move.
The 13-year-old information is still right on target. We don’t need a new town office building. We don’t need more space, more parking, another meeting room, another softball field. We certainly don’t need a helipad. What we do need is to use our give resources and taxpayers’ dollars more wisely.
Vote no on the ill-conceived bond issue on Town Meeting Day, March 5.
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