Letter: Exposing Stockbridge's incompetency
Excuse the mixed metaphor: The Town of Stockbridge has become the poster child for kicking the can down the road. Eagle coverage of issues facing the town seem to appear monthly if not weekly. These items can be expensive and include multiple, long-neglected bridges; renovation needs of Monument Mountain High School; Route 102 roadway disrepair just west of town; and, most recently, a collapsing transportation garage. These problems have been known to exist for years and will now cost the taxpayers considerably more.
Town leaders seem to want to either study or ignore everything in response. A new large-scale development is proposed. The response is to review zoning bylaws for a few years. Costly capital repairs are needed. The response: Keep down the tax rates. Insufficient professional staff: Block a shared services agreement with the adjoining towns.
All this is happening at a time of rising interest rates (for borrowing), and with a declining population that is primarily elderly. While many of the towns in Berkshire County are struggling with these problems, the Town of Stockbridge continues to demonstrate how not to manage local government.
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