News & Event
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Question: Prioritize these three issues facing Barrington residents – rising property taxes, affordable housing, and the quality and quantity of the town’s athletic fields. Also, please add another issue that needs the attention of the next town council.
Jacob Brier – “The prioritization is approaching fields and affordable housing strategically to keep property taxes flat.” Mr. Brier added that it is somewhat difficult to prioritize those issues as property taxes are significantly impacted by what the town does with the fields and how the town approaches the affordable housing issue. Mr. Brier also said he supports exploring philanthropic sources to fund certain town projects, which could relieve some of the pressure placed on local property taxes.
Michael Carroll – “The order of priorities is rising property taxes – one, athletics fields – two, and affordable housing – three,” Mr. Carroll said the construction of a new middle school has placed a significant strain on property taxes, but added “we absolutely had to build a new middle school.” He said the frustration surrounding the town’s athletic fields is due to their condition and that better fields will cost more money. “We have to decide if that cost is going to be paid for through taxes, or through fees to the athletic teams or some combination. I think it’s going to have to be a combination.” “Affordable housing falls third, largely because we have little control over it.” Mr. Carroll said the council also needs to focus on “community resilience” because “we know a storm is coming that will have a devastating impact on Barrington. We know that. We just don’t know when.”
Steve Primiano – “Fiscal health and keeping taxes affordable, to me, that’s number one.” Mr. Primiano added that athletic fields would be the second priority, adding that the town needs to commit to a “thoughtful review of the fees.” “I don’t want to solve our fiscal problems on the backs of youth sports leagues.” Mr. Primiano listed affordable housing as the third priority. “I don’t think one dime of taxpayer money should go to subsidize affordable housing. “As for a future issue, Mr. Primiano said he would like to see the Zion property developed into senior housing. “There’s a need for it in Barrington.”
Courtesy of Barrington Times