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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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GNOBIE01 November 06, 2012 at 04:23 PM
tony mac November 06, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Here are the people who lost everything they own, homes, cars, cherished possessions, and the people in New Milford will vote to decide to build a new Field of Dreams. What is wrong with this picture?
the education of 42 November 06, 2012 at 04:44 PM
I agree. This field benefits no one except a few parents who are deluded into thinking that their kids are going to be pro athletes. Guess again folks; it isn't happening.
Carlos morales November 06, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Give us back our Fourth of July fireworks and then maybe we can THINK about talking about building a 3 million dollar field.....
Celeste Scavetta November 06, 2012 at 07:46 PM
New Milford, Our Taxes – Our Lives (Part one) On Tuesday, November 6th, voters of New Milford will have the option to choose a better direction for the future. As a single parent, homeowner, and taxpayer living in New Milford for the past 18 years, I cannot vote for a team that is only going to destroy my tax base even further. I must support the team that is going to come out as TRUE FISCAL RESPONSIBLE LEADERS! The team who knows what the value of their citizens tax dollars are, and how to appropriate them accordingly. I am totally against the tax and spend of the year's past. We all know what previous administrations did to our tax base in New Milford. For all the years I have been a homeowner, under the prior Administration, I personally watched my taxes go from just $4,000 annually to $11,000 annually --all taking place BEFORE any New Milford Republicans were in any voting or majority position. This was completely under the prior administrations of which Mike and Ashley are associated. I truly like both gentlemen, even consider them friends. But likability isn't enough. I truly cannot afford their very non-fiscal, irresponsible beliefs. As such, I strongly endorse both Peter Rebsch and Howard Berner for New Milford Council.
Celeste Scavetta November 06, 2012 at 07:46 PM
(Part two) We cannot allow the New Milford Council to be one-sided and UNBALANCED as in years past. If this happens, my neighbors, we will be right back where we were over two years ago. I certainly cannot afford that. Can you? Let's elect people who are honest, professionals, two rock-solid businessmen, community activists, gentlemen who seek the input from the public and then act in public for what is best for our town of New Milford. Let's elect the two gentlemen who have made New Milford their home for many years, have raised and are still raising their children here, and have completely committed themselves to our town. These two fiscal conservatives know that it is YOUR dollar they are spending and will spend it wisely. I cast my vote for Peter Rebsch and Howard Berner. Celeste Scavetta New Milford
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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