Editorial: IHMC Should Make This Right While They Still Can
Indian Hill Music Center’s insistence on a huge discount off the town’s standard building permit fee structure is very hard to understand given that IMH could afford to build a state-of-the-art music center for $50 million - $70 million.
This is lost money that has a direct affect on Groton taxpayers – not area towns – where these lost funds could have been used for any number of town projects including the Prescott School and the Groton Senior Center.
Starting off a new year gives our community an opportunity to look over the decisions made by town officials last year, and to urge them to correct those that may not have been made in the best interest of the taxpayer and the town.
We urge Indian Hill Music and their Project Manager to look more closely at their assumptions and estimates of potential economic gain to Groton [See Story Page 1], which were based on disparate sources of information, and determine if this demanded Building Permit Fee reduction was their best decision.
We believe that the failure of IHM and its Project Manager to divulge the construction cost upon which the Building Permit Fee is determined has cost the town several hundred thousand dollars in lost revenue – and untold costs to IMH in goodwill, support, and impact on a respected brand.
For the benefit of the town and the Music Center itself, we suggest that Indian Hill reverse course and make this right while they still can. We think Indian Hill Music Center should come to the town and propose re-doing the building permit negotiation process. They should initiate an open, public process and renegotiate or pay the full fee for their building permit. There is still time to set this right, but the window is closing quickly.
Ultimately will all be part of the Groton community and we need to support one another in a positive manner. Indian Hill Music will need and should work toward garnering the town’s goodwill and cooperation for the years ahead.