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Letter: Return Common Sense to Fairfield

As the town prepares to vote in a referendum on the proposed softball field on Hoyden's Lane in two weeks, opinion on the issue remains divided. The following letter is from resident Gaylord Meyer, asking voters to turn down the funding for the field. On Thursday, August 12th  from Noon to 8 pm at all polling locations, the voters in Fairfield will have the opportunity to bring common sense back to the way we borrow and spend money. In June, the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) narrowly approved $350,000 to bond money (borrow) to construct softball and other athletic fields in Hoyden's Hill.How can we let this happen when:-Our country is in the midst of a prolonged recession-Persistent unemployment continues-Our first responders, Fairfield Police & Fire Department's had their budgets cut-Our teacher's took a zero percent pay increase during their budget negotiations-The RTM just voted down the Fairfield Fire Department's union contract and the Town Hall employee's contract because of issues with post-retirement benefits and the burden its burden on the tax-payer.Further, foreclosures are on the rise, seniors and others are being taxed out of Fairfield and the State budget crisis is just as bad and that will affect the Town sooner rather then later. How in good conscience can our Board of Selectman, Board of Finance and our RTM bond for a softball field during these economic times? What is the message we're sending to our children -- don't worry we can't pay for it, so we'll just bond it?

Gaylord Meyer

Southport, CT

51 Spruce Street

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