Mansfield Schedules 'Informational Meetings' for School Building Project

The Mansfield Town Council continues to work toward sending the proposed school building project to a November referendum.

If all goes according to plan, the Mansfield Town Council will seek voters' approval for the in November.

The Town of Mansfield Thursday sent out an e-mail to inform the public of informational workshops scheduled over the next few months.

The dates, times and locations of the meetings are as follows, according to the town:

  • July 31, 7 p.m. - , Buchanan Auditorium
  • August 8, 7 p.m. - , Community Room
  • August 22, 7 p.m. - , Dining Room
  • August 29, 7 p.m. - , Multipurpose Room
  • August 30, 7 p.m. - , Multipurpose Room
  • September 4, 7 p.m. - , Cafeteria
  • September 5, 7:30 p.m. - , Multipurpose Room

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According to the e-mail, direct mailing pieces detailing the project are also on their way to homes in the community.

Mansfield's Planning & Zoning Commission has plans to .

Additional information about the proposed project can be found on Mansfield-Storrs Patch.

000 July 27, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Times for many in Mansfield are extremely difficult. Many of us are having trouble just getting by, paying for groceries, our utility bills and even gas to get to work. It seems that prices on many necessities rise quicker than our salaries. Remember your neighbors when voting on gigantic and expensive propositions. Some of us really can't afford the tax increases that go along with good intentioned projects like the Storrs Center or School Building projects. Many Mansfield residents have moved here to escape the higher taxes and bustle of other towns or cities and now we are finding that some want these things brought to Mansfield. Many residents have spend their whole life here because they appreciate the quiet life and low tax environment Mansfield has maintained. Please, I urge everyone to keep it this way. If you want high taxes and bustle and crime, these places already exist and are easily accessible. While you have the option to move to these places, many of your neighbors, those who can't afford the high taxes of your visions and projects, can't afford them. Remember them before you vote. Remember that your vote for projects and major expenditures in Mansfield is a vote that will result in higher taxes, and what may not be a major financial burden to you, will be on many of your neighbors. Don't think that everyone can afford your grand visions, some of us can't. Some of us may lose our houses for you to get your gentrification.
ric hossack July 27, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Good point Zachary. The other thing you will hear is that the school project is "for the children"........ don't believe that for one second. This project was conceived and implemented by a small vocal minority, without a consideration for the taxpayers, under the premise of "failing infrastructure". The reality is the schools are repairable and maintainable, certainly at a cost that is affordable to the taxpayer, without multimillion dollar reimbursements from the state or multimillion dollar contributions from the taxpayers of Mansfield.
Jonathan Sgro July 27, 2012 at 03:09 PM
what a waste of time. please... let's just fix up the 3 existing elementary schools.
Long Time Mansfield Resident July 27, 2012 at 06:39 PM
The 3 schools we have are already wonderful. With a few updates to the buildings, we could save the town tax payers a lot of money and still continue to give our children an education that can't be beat. I'm not interested in having my children attend a BIGGER & NEWER school, I'm interested in them attending a school where the focus is on learning. The teachers at the school do an amazing job and I would rather pay them more money than pay for a fancy school that isn't needed.
ric hossack July 29, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Good point, buildings do not educate our children....teachers do. The other significant problem with education is the Minimum Budget Requirement [ MBR ] which allows for no reduction in the Board of Ed budget. Whether the reduction is made by attrition, cost savings, improved efficiency, or an acknowledgment of taxpayer frustration, the State will penalize any reduction with a double penalty in the form of reduced Educational Cost Sharing monies. Another whack at the taxpayers courtesy of your legislature. Please attend one of these sessions and present your opinion.
000 July 30, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Many in this town want to spend our tax money so casually while some of us are scraping and pinching for every penny, every day. They love to dismiss this arguing "but this will save us money in the long haul" when we all know that this is hogwash. Let's all be honest here, politicians will say anything to get their pet projects passed or to get elected (this is time-tested FACT). Their righteous self-perception relies on it. After all, they know better and you are just stubborn ("change is hard," I've heard this one) or too ignorant to possibly grasp all the dynamics. And, don't you love when they start providing all kinds of ready-made self-constructed convenient numbers and math informing us of how much money will save? The truth to the matter is, some of us just simply can't afford it, no matter how "little" it will cost us or how much we get the state to throw into the pool. Don't tell me it's for my own good because I can't afford any more of these great ideas.
JERL CASEY September 05, 2012 at 07:13 PM
The only time the Mill rate will ever go down is if one of two things happen. The first is if the housing market comes back strong. Higher home values, usually equate to a lower mill rate, but taxes will still go up becuase assessment's will be higher. And the second reason the Mill rate would go down would be a very substantial jump in commercial/business taxes being paid. This is very rare because most business do not actually pay taxes on their "taxable property" but rather on what they "claim" to have. In either case taxes going down in the long run is highly unlikely. This school project could not be proposed at a worse time. please dont forget that a town wide revaluation is right around the corner, and it looks like values are still sliding some, which will also cause the mill rate to jump up on top of the proposed mill rate hike for the new schools.


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