Does the date December 15, 2006, ring a bell?
It should. It has to do with your tax dollars at work.
December 15 was the date by which the elaborate community center questionnaire prepared by the village of Croton had to be completed and returned for processing. The brightly colored, convoluted questionnaire was ostensibly intended to ascertain community attitudes about the construction of a community center.
Tomorrow, June 15, will mark the passage of six months since that magic return date. Six months in which absolutely nothing has been done. In the meantime, the returned questionnaires—all 500 of them—have been consigned to the bowels of the Stanley H. Kellerhouse Municipal Building and are languishing there in a cardboard carton in the basement. Or so we have been told.
It’s bad enough so much was spent on questionnaires so poorly designed as to be confusing and so ambiguous as to be susceptible to conflicting answers. It’s even worse it was sent to such a thin slice of Croton’s population—one unidentified person in each taxpaying family—and that the total response was so puny. And it’s unpardonable that nothing has been done to attempt to glean even a smidgen of information about public attitudes from these questionnaires.
In view of this discouraging chain of circumstances, on behalf of taxpaying residents who footed the bill for the questionnaire boondoggle, Crotoblog would now like to know what’s happening. We ask the most vocally strident advocate for this project, Trustee Thomas Brennan, to tell us when (and how) these now-orphaned questionnaires will be processed. And when that’s done, Mr. Brennan, what’s your expectation that the village, which paid almost a million dollars for the Katz property, will be able to scrounge well over two or three times that amount for the Taj Mahal community center building the Schmidt Administration envisions for Croton?
With all the reconstruction and renovation that has been taking a place in Croton’s Municipal Building, Crotoblog fears the village will next discover that the nondescript carton containing the questionnaires was inadvertently thrown out with the trash. If that were to happen, however, it verily might be a fitting but unlamented ending for this benighted boondoggle of a project. Whatever the outcome, Croton residents are owed an accounting. Or an explanation.
Earth to Space Station: What’s happening, Mr. Brennan?