Mayor Passero’s tax con­cerns badly mis­placed

The Day - - OPINION -

The im­pli­ca­tion by New Lon­don Mayor Passero, “A re­newed plea for re­lief from prop­erty-tax ex­emp­tions,” (Nov. 20), that the pur­chase of prop­erty on Shaw Street by the non-profit Light House is an ad­di­tional bur­den to the city’s tax­pay­ers seems less than fair. The prop­erty had been va­cant for a num­ber of years and was on its way to be­com­ing an­other aban­doned New Lon­don busi­ness and eye­sore.

The prop­erty since the pur­chase has been re­turned to a use­ful func­tion­ing struc­ture that pro­vides much needed help to in­di­vid­u­als in need. The mayor should be em­brac­ing and sup­port­ing this type of ac­tiv­ity, not crit­i­cal of it. His fo­cus should be on the larger so called non-prof­its, such as L+M Hos­pi­tal and Con­necti­cut Col­lege.

Fo­cus on get­ting them to pay their share of the bur­den.

To put it into per­spec­tive, the Light House tax bur­den is like one drop of rain in the At­lantic Ocean com­pared to these other much larger prof­itable in­sti­tu­tions. Get some fo­cus and put the blame where it be­longs, not on an or­ga­ni­za­tion that is ac­tu­ally do­ing some good for less for­tu­nate in­di­vid­u­als. Kevin Kline­fel­ter Montville

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