WORTH MORE than $1
Dear Mayor and City Council,
I am writing on behalf of a group of concerned citizens, who were disappointed by the proposed deal that has been struck with New England Family Housing for the purchase of the beautiful Brown School for just $1. We, the taxpayers, have put hundreds of thousands of dollars into that building and would love to see some return on the investment. For any deal to be made to sell that building for just $1 is a slap in the face to all Berlin taxpayers. We still have loans out for the new windows we put into that building. SO we will be giving it away and still have to pay the loans we took out? At least attempt to sell this building for the outstanding loans and/or a portion of the loans!
You can not in good conscience sell this beautiful building for just $1.00 then turn around and once again increase our tax rate. Either we are desperate for money enough to increase the tax burden on your residents, who are already paying the 4th highest tax rate in the state, or you have enough money to be able to give away a building. Which is it? You can’t claim that we have no money to fix our streets then take a building like that and give it away. That is not fiscally responsible.
Wildcat deserves this building. The Wildcat proposal allows the children and residents of Berlin future use of the gymnasium for events and basketball games.
In addition, giving Wildcat LLC this building side steps and potential conflict of interest and/or unethical behavior on the part of one of the Council members who has been pushing this contract through even though it is her brothers' nephew who would be benefitting from a million-dollar building being sold for just $1.00!