To the Editor:
The May 22 article “Tensions increase over Marengo’s plans for growth” discussed a meeting in which the City Council approved modified plans for a long-debated and frequently modified development in the city of Marengo.
In a fast-moving meeting in which most officials did not have facts they needed, a decision was made to rebate nearly $300,000 that would have provided new revenue for the city if the proposed subdivision gets built.
The sad truth is this was a necessity because in 2011 the City Council previously approved the developer to build a nonstandard city subdivision, allowing well and septic – a plan that was eagerly supported by the City Council, including many of the same members who still serve today.
Because of that poor decision, the visionaries on the City Council forgot to think ahead that they were about to go on an annexation spree to extend city limits to Interstate 90 and Route 23 and that someday they may need to extend municipal services into the new area.
Now, the taxpayers of the community once again will bear the costs of a decision that will decrease future revenue. Watching the City Council determine the future of Marengo by making quick, uninformed decisions should concern every resident of the city.
Poor decisions made by the City Council will force taxpayers to pay the true costs of development, not the developers who really should be.