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Letter to the Editor: 'The Brookfield Chamber believes that voting in a positive way on Kids Kingdom...'

The Chamber of Commerce weighs in on the Kids Kingdom debate.

The Brookfield Chamber of Commerce, at its monthly Board Meeting, discussed the current referendum that would appropriate funds for the Kids Kingdom Playground located on the site of the Brookfield Town Hall. The Board was in agreement that the project was very well thought out and should go forward .

Part of the purpose of the Brookfield Chamber, as stated in the bylaws, “is to develop, encourage, promote and protect the commercial, industrial, professional and general business interests of the community and to promote the civic interests and general welfare of the Town of Brookfield and its trade area.”

Under this guise, the Brookfield Chamber believes that voting in a positive way on the Kids Kingdom project is in keeping with this purpose. Improvement of the recreational facilities will not only improve the quality of life of the residents of the town of Brookfield, but will make the town more attractive to potential residents, who will provide support for the town businesses. If the town is vital, it will then in turn, attract new businesses to Brookfield and directly contribute to the economic viability of the town as a whole.

It is also the understanding of the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce that this project, over a 20-year financing period, will cost each family $2.50/yr. There will be no additional tax burden placed on the residents or businesses of the town of Brookfield, as the funding fits into the debt structure of the town. Taking a positive stand on the Kids Kingdom Playground Referendum on Tuesday, March 8, is a good economic decision.

For more information about the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce please visit our website or call Susan Murphy, executive director, at 203 775-8282. 

Bob McGarrah March 05, 2011 at 12:48 PM
All, Taxpayers should know that the commercial contribution to our taxes has been declining, from 16% of revenue collected to just over 13% collected last year. The short fall is made up by residential taxpayers. It would seem self defeating for tax payers to have less money to spend at local establishments. The Brookfield Chamber of Commerce support of a $500,000 playground is puzzling. If you think $500,000 is too much for a playground, shop someplace besides Brookfield for two weeks or advise your local merchant your opposed to the Chamber of Commerce support of a $500,000 playground when an alternative has been proposed. As a Sailors wife, Susan Murphy must recall the way Naval Base Commanders handled towns that were not "Navy Friendly". Sailors were restricted to base for several weekends. The economic impact gets folks attention very quickly. My experience is that most of our local business are great folks who deserve our support, but lets let them know how we feel about spending more money than we need to on this project. Bob McGarrah
Colette Sturm March 05, 2011 at 02:38 PM
Really? Boycotting Brookfield businesses is the solution to this problem? Regardless of where you stand on this issue, everyone is entitled to their opinion, even if it is different from your own. I speak to EVERYONE here in pleading for a sense of civility...regardless of the outcome of this issue, we still have to come together as a community when the dust has settled, and that will be difficult to do with threats of boycotts from the very businesses you are hoping will support this venture.
Bee Rye March 05, 2011 at 09:47 PM
Why can't we just spend $100,000 to fix up the Kids Kingdom and spend the $400,000 on something everyone in the town could use? Like a community swimming pool!
Steven DeVaux March 06, 2011 at 12:44 PM
Bob, The Brookfield Chamber of Commerce was holding events outside of Brookfield until attention was brought to that fact. Championing lower taxes for businesses and higher taxes for residents (because they refuse to support cutting spending) is one of the contributing reasons that Brookfield's real estate market is so poor now-a-days. The four corners area is but a sample of what the CoC has done for Brookfield in the last five years. Their members moved OUT!
Steven DeVaux March 06, 2011 at 12:45 PM
They call them Candlewood Lake and Lake Lillinonoah.
Ray DiStephan March 06, 2011 at 01:37 PM
"....Brookfield's real estate market is so poor now-a-days." http://www.housatonictimes.com/articles/2011/03/04/news/brookfield/doc4d7042039d359614896973.txt
Rob Gianazza March 06, 2011 at 03:07 PM
Mr. DeVaux, you are spreading an unfair misnomer. I asked a member of the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce the question about Three Oaks, a business located in Bethel. Three Oaks was a member of the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce at that time. Please verify your facts before you share them with the community.
Stanley Parker March 06, 2011 at 03:19 PM
Here is an idea. This should satisfy Davidson, Lasser and company. Rather than build a Cadillac playground for a half million dollars, lets build a Rolls Royce playground for a million dollars. $350,000 sounds pretty good to me. Folks , lets do the right thing and vote no on Tuesday
Steven DeVaux March 07, 2011 at 01:36 AM
Who said anything about Three Oaks. There you go again, jumping to conclusions just like with Doc.
Steven DeVaux March 07, 2011 at 01:49 AM
Brookfield is so awash in money these days... http://www.newstimes.com/news/article/Gas-heating-oil-prices-skyrocket-in-Greater-1042978.php

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