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Letter: Get The Facts

The Earth is round.  Climate change is occurring.  JFK is dead.

These facts matter.  Let’s get the facts before we decide what to believe about the best future for the Country Club of Woodbridge property.

A couple of years ago, as a member of the Board of Selectmen, I shared a paper with my board colleagues written by Thomas DiNapoli, the New York State Comptroller.  Entitled “Economic Benefits of Open Space Preservation,” this paper systematically explains, from the point of view of a finance expert, why open space is more financially beneficial to municipalities than residential development.

More recently, the Highstead Foundation of Redding, CT., published “The Economic Case for Conservation.”  Among many facts presented in this paper is a summary of 39 separate studies conducted across New England proving, again and again, that open space land provides financial benefit to towns and residential development creates a financial drain on towns.

Time and again, developers have come to Woodbridge claiming that housing at the CCW will be a financial boon for our town – this is equivalent to claiming that the earth is flat, that climate change is a hoax, and that JFK lives on.  Surprisingly, some of the Selectmen seem to believe these “alternative” facts.

Preserving the CCW land as open space is a financially responsible decision based on facts.  Do facts matter? They must.

Maria Kayne

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