The Republican BET members used their tie-breaking vote to reject the funds requested by the Board of Education to renovate and expand the 75 year old Julian Curtiss School, a project with broad community support, and reduced funding for an Old Greenwich School expansion and renovation study.
They also rejected a motion to use long-term financing to pay for soil remediation at Greenwich High School and Western Middle School, a decision which throws into question how the long list of neglected capital projects in our Town will be funded.
In 2021, Republican BET members used their tie-breaking vote to strip funding for an engineering study of Central Middle School. The concerns about the safety of the building were so deep that electronic devices were installed on the walls to monitor growing cracks!
Fortunately, the Board of Education was able to tap into
federal Covid relief funds, and the resulting study found that the building was structurally unsafe, prompting immediate closure.
"Deferring needed action until an emergency occurs is not sound fiscal management. One doesn’t wait until a roof collapses or a retaining wall gives way to repair one’s house, as the delay will increase the costs – and expose a family to danger," said Joe Angland, Chairman of the Greenwich Democratic Town Committee.
When it came to adopting budget guidelines for the FY2024 budget, once again, the Republican BET members used that tie-breaking vote to push through guidelines that fail to plan for the capital needs of the Town, effectively kicking a can down the road that's already been kicked for years.