Voters reject land sale, pass budgets

Ridgefielders rejected a proposed $4 million land sale by six votes Tuesday, while comfortably passing $133 million town and school budget.

The selectmen’s proposed sale of 10 acres of former Schlumberger land to the nationwide construction firm Toll Brothers went down 961 ‘yes’ to 967 ‘no.’

Toll Brothers had planned 30 condominium on the site, and had expected to market them in the $700,000 range.

The League of Women Voters, which led the campaign against the proposal, advocated use of the land to address affordable housing needs.

“Not good for the town,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi said after the results of the land sale vote were announced at Yanity gym. “We’ll have to see what the League of Women Voters wants to do, now.”

A plan by a subsidiary of Fairfield County Bank to build housing there fell through when the bank backed out amid what it saw as a negative reaction.

All seven questions on the town, school and capital budgets were approved in the annual referendum, with the school budget passing 1,323 ‘yes’ to 671 ‘no.’

“Very happy,” Schools Superintendent Deborah Low said. “Great budget — it has a lot of good things for kids at a reasonable price. I’m glad the voters saw that.”

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  • Ellen Burns

    “We’ll have to see what the LWV wants to do now”…Rudy, really? How about we, as a town, prepare a master plan for the property? Remember what Newtown did with the Fairfield Hills property they bought from the state? They did a master plan after many meetings, hearings and public input. We can do the same thing – get input from the residents, see what the housing needs are (1-story senior housing? housing affordable for people who work in town – police, firefighters, teachers, etc?.) and then look at what can be sold to developers to address those needs, and what should be set aside for future municipal uses. The Selectmen missed the boat on this, but it’s not too late to come up with a good plan for the property.

    • .38 special

      Ellen, $6 Million plus interest lost including $26,000.00/yr in property tax revenue for the last two years. What will be the additional costs for the environmental issue when new inspections are done? The contract only indemnifies the Town for older environmental inspections. Lots of sensible ideas from the LWV , yourself and others. The process must remain on hold until the current Town Managers removed and replaced with competent ones A permanent compliance office must be put in place as well. This is not the first deal that has set us on a path to fiscal insolvency.

    • .38 special

      Ellen, allot of sensible ideas from you, The LWV and others in Town. Time to clean house, bring in new management and establish a permanent compliance office. At that point, we will have a venue appropriate for an open forum. There is much to this deal and others that were not disclosed to the taxpayers.

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