Last weeks defeat of the town budget in Beacon Falls was for many a disappointment. Many residents suggested eliminating the garbage services to bring the budget down.
All of the residents who have suggested eliminating this service already have an outside vendor to collect their trash through their condo association. These residents have chosen this lifestyle and should have considered the “double-dipping” if you will, prior to purchasing the condo. It happens in every town.
It is not the responsibility of the Board of Selectman or Finance to monitor real-estate purchases and the tax implications that occur; the homeowner needs to look at their expenses.
I believe Chatfield Farms charges well over $400 a month for monthly common charges. The owners of these properties made a choice of where they live, not the town.
Residents in town who have the trash collection service should not be penalized because others suggest the removal of this service.
I am a condo owner and resident of Beacon Falls and understand the frustration of a tax increase, however we are not alone, every town faces these very same issues. The amount of overall tax increase was less then 1 mill; the budget presented was very conservative, fair and appropriate for the hard fiscal climate in which we are a part.
We need to move forward, pass a budget and get on with the business at hand.