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The Real Cost of Saving the Country Club of Woodbridge

I attended the last informational meeting regarding the Country Club of Woodbridge and was impressed at how expensive the cost of the club was portrayed. When you add up all the past and future costs, real or imagined, it sounds outrageous. But the true cost to keep the club out of the hands of developers is thirty cents a day. Take the payment on the note, which is about $350,000. Add $50,000 in interest, and you have $400,000. Divide that by 3500 households, and you have about $100 per household, or thirty cents a day.

Is it worth thirty cents a day to preserve an unspoiled open space for future enjoyment? Is it worth thirty cents a day to prevent a potential nightmare of construction on Johnson Road? How about to prevent potential flooding or well contamination of the shallow wells in the neighborhood? To preserve the vista? To avoid future zoning litigation that the town may be forced to defend? Seems like you can get a lot for thirty cents, or you can just throw it in the tip jar at Starbucks. You decide.

David A. Lober

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