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Get the facts straight...Please!

02/28/2008

To The Editor:

I must respond to Ms. Cunningham's article last week that presented absolutely false information regarding the water and wastewater projects as well as other inaccuracies. She said "that this will be at the least a $17 million project" and the "number of properties served...is roughly 75 if everyone signs up." It is an insult to suggest the select board and planners who have contributed thousands of hours of their volunteer time would present something like this to the town. This isn't even close to the actual facts. The minimum is $7.6 million for the water system with $2.3 million in grants which require a positive bond vote to be secured. This would serve 400 housing units.

The balance of $5.3 million would be paid only by people directly benefiting from the water system by repaying a 40-year loan at 2.5 percent. There are many numbers involved so please take the time to be correctly informed and not trust "the number that has been going around." I strongly support the water system and Phase I of the wastewater project. Let's get the pipes in the ground. Feel free to call me or other town officials to get the correct facts.

Brian Fleisher
Waitsfield Planning Commissioner

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