The Place for Sudbury's Citizen Reporters
I have concerns over giving tax dollars to any land owner who threatens to sell their land to developers and have the town pay them huge amounts of money to block any development without the town owning the property. It’s one thing for the town to use CPC funds to purchase land to preserve open space. However, when we are giving the land owners hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of dollars to keep the land as is, they still own the land and use if for farming profits or scouting, it seems like the town is being held hostage and we always pay the ransom.
I have brought this up before. The town owns a number of properties which are still being farmed. The town is not in the farming business, yet the town allows farmers to use the town owned land for free to turn a profit. How can this be considered fair to all taxpayers?