By Colin Gustafson, Staff Writer
Faced with a choice between the two biggest-ticket items on town's capital improvement projects list, First Selectman Peter Tesei has recommended that the town fund a central firehouse rehabilitation but not a new high school auditorium and music spaces next year.
To fund both projects, local taxpayers would be on the hook for $50 million in the 2010-11 fiscal year when the town finance board has called for a roughly $50 million cap on capital spending.
Knocking the $27 million auditorium project off its expense sheet will allow the town to pay for both the $23 million firehouse rehab and the 63 other projects on the 2010-11 projects list, though not all of those smaller-ticket items are guaranteed to get funding next year.
Tesei said his choice between the two big-ticket projects came down to whether he was confident they would be "shovel ready" for funds next year. The Greenwich High School Music Instruction Space and Auditorium project, or "MISA," would not be ready, he concluded.......