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Letter: 'An unwise, inefficient way of generating revenue for our town'

Friday, May 4, 2007

To The Editor:

Many of us Holbrook residents, and much more importantly, taxpayers, have been frustrated with our elected officials' choices in managing our town's funds.

The recent idea that some of these officials have brought to light of taking the Old English property from the Mullins Company by eminent domain for a proposed golf course seems an unwise, inefficient way of generating revenue for our town.

However, what frustrates me even more is the notion of claiming this property by offering to pay a vastly deflated price. Was it $1.9 million for valued $7 million plot of land? It is my understanding that when eminent domain takes place, fair market value must be offered.

Be that as it may, it seems to me that the only eminent domain that our town should be exercising concerns Edgewood Park. Our town already owns the majority of these 40 acres or so, and one other landowner, Peter Blatchford, has offered to donate his portion to our town in lieu of back taxes.

Therefore, it seems to me that the sewer contractor, Tri-Town, that is operating in the middle of this residentially zoned property, on three tiny lots, should be offered $20,000 and our glorious golf course would be born. This seems a more logical price and use for property our town already owns.

Scott Witunsky

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