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New Milford Residents To Answer 'Field Of Dreams' Question

The Field Of Dreams question goes to referendum today, giving residents the chance to finally give their opinion some weight at the polls.

After nearly a year of discussion and debate, voters will have the final say Tuesday on the proposed multi-use athletic field--dubbed the "Field of Dreams"-- which could cost up to $3 million to build at David E. Owens Middle School. This multi-purpose turf field would include a soccer, football and baseball field, in addition to two softball fields, and be a shared service between the borough and the New Milford Board of Education.

Approval of this non-binding referendum will give elected officials a better understanding for how the voters feel about the installation of a turf field at the David E. Owens Middle School. If the field is approved, the borough will incur an additional $3 million in debt which is estimated to increase property taxes by an additional $70 per year for 10 years on an average home assessed at $410,000.

Until the project is approved and officially goes out to bid, the costs are estimated based on current market trends and the auditor's report. Should the project go out to bid, the costs could be lower, officials said. Grants and possible corporate sponsorships are also being explored to reduce the costs.

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Locoagogo November 06, 2012 at 10:28 PM
I'm voting Yes. As a life long resident I believe that this field is long over due and It's not because I think my child will be a professional athlete or he is too good to play on a grass field. The field at the High School and the field behind the Borough Hall flood. Simple as that. I believe that the children of New Milford should have a sports complex that they can be proud of and look forward to playing on. I know I am Part of the silent majority.
Locoagogo November 06, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Fireworks??? Really???
tony mac November 06, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Really? I've donated a large sum of money and had good shipped to the needy in NJ. My money goes to important things, not DREAMS! Let's hope more residents feel the same
NMresident November 07, 2012 at 04:53 PM
I live in New Milford and although this sounds like a nice thing....our taxes are constantly going up and I can hardly afford to pay for them quarterly. So, I can not vote for and did not vote for a field of dreams. New Milford has plenty of fields to play on. If you want to do something for the town/county, why not create a park that all can use. This is just geared to those people with school aged children who have extra money to spend. Sorry. Think of keeping our taxes at a reasonable level. And think of the whole population of New Milford!

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