A proposed multimillion dollar athletic complex in one Naugatuck Valley town is causing quite the controversy.
Oxford is considering a new $3.1 million multi-use field and track for its high school, and while some say it's needed, others are questioning its cost and priorities.
The football field is a muddy mess. When they built the new school a few years ago, they took the money out and put the field on the back burner in order to get the referendum passed.
"I'm new to the area and my children are growing up," said resident Lisa Barre. "We're looking forward to the fields."
The new school, which is only 5 years old, is quite impressive, but the fields are less than desirable.
"It's something we've needed for a long time," said Oxford First Selectman George Temple.
Voters are heading to the polls to decide whether or not to approve the money for the complex. It would include a multi-use turf field, a rubberized track, lights and bleachers for 750 spectators.
For some though, the price is just too high.
"I think it's a lot of money and they should phase it in," said William Lieder, of Oxford. "The town is too quick."
Others feel that for the money, Oxford should build a long-discussed new library or improve some aging schools.
Temple, who is backing the field renovation said he feels it shouldn't be one or the other.
"It's not an either/or situation," he said. I believe they're stand alone projects that speak for themselves and I intend to support the library."
As for how much the field renovation would cost taxpayers, Temple said for a house assessed at $250,000, they'll pay an extra $35 a year over the next 20 years.
The polls are open until 8 p.m. for residents of Oxford to cast their vote.
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