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GOUVEIA PROPERTY COSTS SIGNIFICANTLY UNDERESTIMATED, JOEL GINGOLD'S 7/1/15 GAZETTE LETTER; please take a moment to read this letter from Croton United's Joel Gingold. After all, it's your money.
Editor's note: The costs outlined in Mr. Gingold's letter do not include the board's recent bonding of $200,000 for the property (as opposed to simply subtracting it from the million dollar donation). It is allegedly for improvements to the house, ADA compliance, etc. When asked, the board was short on details about exactly what the $200,000 plus bond was for.
MR. GINGOLD'S LETTER FOLLOWS:
To the Editor,
was not able to attend Monday’s village board work session on the
Gouveia property, but I did review the documents published in
preparation for that meeting.
We have had title to the
property for only a few weeks and it is already clear that, as many of
us suspected, the cost estimate presented by the board, when it rammed
through acquisition of the property in January, grossly underestimated
the actual costs incurred to date. And this by a board that has
dislocated its shoulders patting itself on the back for its fiscal
There are only two ways this could have happened.
Either whoever prepared the estimate was incompetent (or lazy), or the
board knew very well that the published figures were far too low, but
was afraid that if the real numbers were made public, there would be a
public outcry against the acquisition. I think I know what happened,
but you can form your own opinion. A few cases in point.
The estimate prices the alarm system at $2,000. The actual cost was nearly $9,000.
estimate allows $2,000 per year for tree service, assuming that the DPW
would do some of the work. We have already spent almost $15,000 on
tree trimming. Perhaps in future years the $2,000 may prove to be
closer to reality, but then why wasn’t the initial tree work included in
the estimate? READ THE REST HERE https://www.facebook.com/notes/croton-united/the-latest-from-joel-gingold-on-gouveia-park-spending/469532806537089