BERG: Deferred Maintenance Keeps Taxes Low, but Greenwich Home Values Suffer

Letter to the editor from Peter Berg, RTM8 Land Use Delegate

Realtors tell me that home buyers are increasingly by-passing Greenwich.

One of my walking buddies says he and his wife bought their house in Greenwich in 1985 after shopping in numerous towns in Westchester and Fairfield Counties.  With young children, they gave great weight to US News & World Report’s ranking of best schools.

Today, Greenwich High School ranks 14th in Connecticut and #548 nationally.  Darien ranks #1 in CT and #150 nationally.  Weston, Ridgefield, New Canaan, Westport Staples, and Wilton also rank above Greenwich.

Nationally, Rye (#139), Byram Hills – Armonk (#144), Blind Brook – Rye Brook, Horace Greeley – Chappaqua, and 9 more Westchester schools rank above Greenwich.

Over decades, Greenwich has deferred maintenance to keep taxes low, but homeowners are paying the price with lower home values.

Greenwich voters need to know that investments in schools, athletic facilities and other infrastructure will protect and raise property values. Longer term debt used to update our infrastructure will lower property taxes.  Politicians who say otherwise are either mathematically challenged or they are intentionally deceiving us.

Peter Berg, Cos Cob

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