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Follow-up on water and septic issue


To The Editor:

I had a conversation with Brian Fleischer this morning, and he made a good point. He pointed out that the services are provided in differing levels according to the zones and lumping them together is not an accurate picture. While the total burden of the loans the town needs to guarantee is huge, it is in fact in two arenas. 

Water provided roughly from the Waitsfield Elementary School to the end of Dugway Road actually could service 400 properties which would include the forecasted future build-out in Irasville. He did not give a number for the existing properties.
The septic project also assumes growth in Irasville, which seems unrealistic for the same reasons, but starts with a much smaller number of properties which could be serviced. Only the properties in Irasville between Skatium and Dugway Road would have access to town septic. In my opinion, that is where the real cost/benefit problem lies.
I still dispute whether this influx of people will occur. The news is about children and others leaving because the taxes are too high, although that is much more an issue with the state than the town.  
If people do start moving here, do we think they will choose to live in the commercial district? My experience is that people move here knowing the tax burden that comes with it and they are willing to pay the price for rural living. Even then they aren't coming in droves.

In any case his point is well taken; it isn't one project, it is two. The septic project could be viewed separately from the water project. We have acquired a large debt for this research which will need to be paid no matter which way individuals vote on the bonds, but also there are countless hours of thought and work by volunteers represented here.

These volunteers deserve our thanks for their efforts because it is not easy work. The most important thing that I heard from Brian is that if we want better solutions we should all participate more in the process.

Brooke Cunningham


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