Letter: Pickleballers from out of town pay a premium

To the Editor:
These comments are in response to Ed Tyrrell’s letter posted online Feb. 28, “Pickleball Madness.” First, I would like to say that I am one of the town residents that is against the huge rate increase P&R has put in, which penalizes our seniors. But I agree with Mr. Tyrrell: “I do not want my tax dollars subsidizing non-residents. Do not let the door hit you on the way out.”
However, facts do matter, and you always check them first.
Non-residents that play pickleball at a P&R facility, pay a large premium for the honor of using that facility. Depending on whether it is a drop-in rate, or an annual membership, it can be as much as 50% more than a Ridgefield resident pays. Non-residents who use the facility for pickleball and other events, also eat in town, buy food at our stores in town, buy gas at our gas stations, shop at our clothing stores, and yes, they subsidize our residents’ costs for playing pickleball, and keeping down other costs at P&R.
As for, “Do not let the door hit you on the way out,” it would be a shame to lose all that needed revenue for the town. If anything, I would hope more out of towners start playing here, so we can keep costs down. And by the way, have you noticed all the empty shops and restaurants on Main Street? Maybe we don’t need that additional revenue after all. Just saying.
James Boehme
Thunder Hill Lane, March 2