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Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 10:06 am

Branford, CT – Citing benefits to taxpayers, consumers and the community, Jamie Cosgrove announced today that he favors the plan to put Costco at an Exit 56 location and will work to assure an appropriate plan for siting the facility. “The burden of financing town services has been unfairly shifted to homeowners,” Cosgrove said. “If we are going to meet the growing needs of our community, we must have sensible commercial development that generates jobs and tax revenues for the Town.”

“Costco will be more convenient for consumers who live in Branford, it will bring some prospect of relief for overburdened homeowners with rising tax bills and it will give us a solid financial basis to meet the obvious needs of our Town,” Cosgrove commented. “Everyone acknowledges we have needs at the Senior Center, Walsh Intermediate School, and in Public Works to name a few. These important needs---and the debt service on the new Fire Station--- are going to require a strong commercial tax base in the future. ” Cosgrove noted that data previously presented to the Town includes estimated annual tax revenues of up to $475,000.

On the question of siting the proposal, Cosgrove emphasized that his administration will be business-friendly and committed to assuring the appropriateness of any final site plan. “It’s time to rise above the acrimony of the last several years and focus our energy in a positive way on building an appropriate plan for developing the area at Exit 56. If that is where Costco wants to site the facility, then we ought to work with them to assure an appropriate development of that site, not throw up roadblocks behind closed doors.”

Cosgrove stated that once elected he would also bring back the original plan for the re-development of the area around Exit 53. “Now that the construction in the area of Exit 53 is winding down,” Cosgrove said, “we need to move forward with re-developing that area in ways that will create new commercial tax revenues.”

The increasing shift of the local tax burden to homeowners is particularly problematic for Branford. “We all know that Branford is considered “wealthy” by the State, so we can’t expect any help from Hartford,” Cosgrove pointed out. “We have a responsibility to create a sound tax base that is fair to homeowners and sufficient to meet the needs of our community and I am committed to making that happen,” Cosgrove said.

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  • Anonymous posted at 10:43 am on Wed, Oct 2, 2013.

    Anonymous Posts: 8208

    Were you asked by the Cosgrove Campaign to conduct the unofficial poll? It seems fishy that you would run the poll and less than a week later, the Cosgrove Campaign announces plans to try to bring Costco to Branford.

     
  • Steve Mazzacane posted at 10:56 am on Wed, Oct 2, 2013.

    Steve Mazzacane Posts: 684 Staff

    Absolutely not, and yes, that was my initial reaction when seeing the press release last night. In a phone conversation, Cosgrove stated that residents were asking about it and he wanted to make his position known. Neither his campaign or any other asked for any polling to be done on any issue on this site. The request to run the poll, as we stated, came from a developer.

     
  • Kennedy posted at 11:17 am on Wed, Oct 2, 2013.

    ShortBeachRules Posts: 1

    The developer is probably related to Cosgrove. That clan wrecked this town. We don't need more traffic, noise pollution, light pollution and degradation surrounding the area. The residents around this area are going to be negatively affected by another big box retailer. When Walmart moved in, we were made huge promises of tax relief! The exact opposite happened. Why the short memories!!!

     
  • Anonymous posted at 11:28 am on Wed, Oct 2, 2013.

    Anonymous Posts: 8208

    This is the 1st Commenter. Sounds Good. I must have missed it on the site that a developer asked you to do the poll. The intro before the poll just says we were asked to do a poll about bringing costco to Branford.

     
  • jim shea posted at 11:46 am on Wed, Oct 2, 2013.

    what next Posts: 21

    how about we tackle where we are going to site the public works department before we go and tackle the next big issue-- whether a commercial zone should be developed commercially-- seems like a no brainer--

     
  • Steve Mazzacane posted at 11:47 am on Wed, Oct 2, 2013.

    Steve Mazzacane Posts: 684 Staff

    No, the developer is not related to Cosgrove.

    Wal-Mart pays 222,507 in annual property tax based on the 2012 grand list. It is politicians who chose to spend that, but it does, in fact, reduce the percentage of taxes that come from residential taxes. The existence of Wal-Mart helped bring in tens of millions to Branford for major bridge reconstruction, and it has long been the goal of DaRos to see more commercial development near and around Wal-Mart.

    Years ago there was major commercial development in the area already.

     
  • Steve Mazzacane posted at 11:48 am on Wed, Oct 2, 2013.

    Steve Mazzacane Posts: 684 Staff

    I apologize, we posted about the developer asking on Facebook. My mistake. But again, it was not Cosgrove or any political party. Political polling is a campaign expense; we would never post a poll at the request of a candidate.

     
  • Anonymous posted at 12:35 pm on Wed, Oct 2, 2013.

    Anonymous Posts: 8208

    Let me start by saying I do not care where a Costco would be sited -- either 53 or 56 is fine with me.

    But -- wasn't Cooke's biggest beef with the Town the First Selectman influencing where a Costco should be or not be placed? DaRos was against 56 and it appears that Cosgrove is in favor of it. So if Cooke's beef has merit, shouldn't Jamie stay out of this since it is a promise he, according to Cooke, can't keep?

     
  • Anonymous posted at 12:49 pm on Wed, Oct 2, 2013.

    Anonymous Posts: 8208

    good for branford! do what the folks in guilford were to "uppity" to do. I, for one, am looking forward to frequenting this establishment! as a resident of guilford, the closest wholesale store of the likes is BJs in North Haven, which isn't always convenient to get to! I will be keeping my eyes open for the grand opening!!

     
  • Anonymous posted at 2:06 pm on Wed, Oct 2, 2013.

    Anonymous Posts: 8208

    Mr. Shea, how about we discuss how we pay for the PW facility first (besides issuing bonds against tax payers properties)? Which leads me into stating discussing new revenue (COSTCO) is worthwhile having.

     
  • Anonymous posted at 3:05 pm on Wed, Oct 2, 2013.

    Anonymous Posts: 8208

    Having just returned from the Milford Costco, I would look forward to saving the 30-mile round trip. Just make sure there is enough land for them to put in gas pumps as well.

     
  • Anonymous posted at 4:46 pm on Wed, Oct 2, 2013.

    Anonymous Posts: 8208

    Our government has created an insurance driven burden on all waterfront, and low elevation properties in specified flood zones. This will drive up the cost to all shoreline property owners, and will cause the value of the properties to drop. Subsequent evaluations will shift the tax burden back to the general public, and force foreclosures of marginally affordable houses.
    The last decade's steady loss of our commercial tax base will also fall on homeowners unless we develop more commercial taxpaying entities.
    Cosgrove will be moving in the correct direction to again have reasonable residential tax rates, without changing the character of the town.

     
  • Anonymous posted at 9:26 am on Thu, Oct 3, 2013.

    Anonymous Posts: 8208

    Jamie Cosgrove recognizes the obvious, and says so forthrightly.

    How refreshing for a candidate for office to be so clear!

     
  • george posted at 7:04 pm on Thu, Oct 3, 2013.

    george Posts: 110

    RE: kenendy posted at 11:17

    well you did it you dragged me out of hibernation --it didn't take long for the cosgrove haters to rear their heads--I will make this brief and to the point, everyone who lived or lives in branford, whether you want to admit it or not has benefited from the boss and his achievements

    PS-lets try something different this election, judge the man and his opponent

     
  • Anonymous posted at 8:32 pm on Thu, Oct 3, 2013.

    Anonymous Posts: 8208

    I for one am glad we have someone with vision and understanding running in this election. Jamie has my vote. Not once have I heard from Unk/Andy how they will work to shift the tax burden off residential property. All I hear is we need to bond this and we need to bond that. Well, bills have to be paid obviously that is something Unk/Andy have not seemed to understand. They are content to leverage the taxpayers wallets to build. I am a firm believe that a community must continue to invest for its future, but one cannot do so without and fully comprehending the impact to those of us who ultimately pay the bill.

    Good Luck Jamie,Branford needs your leadership!!!

     
  • Anonymous posted at 9:24 pm on Thu, Oct 3, 2013.

    Anonymous Posts: 8208

    Great job Jamie, we need the jobs and the tax revenue that comes with costco. I would like to see this go up by exit 56. Also a Target would be nice too. I fully support Jamie and his entire slate this election!

     
  • Anonymous posted at 7:33 am on Mon, Oct 21, 2013.

    Anonymous Posts: 8208

    I want Costco as much as anyone but my question is Cosgrove can say all he wants how much he wants Costco here but is Costco still interested. it takes two to make anything happen. Last we heard about Costco was like 2011. How can Jamie run on an assumption that Costco still wants Branford? Is there anything anyone has heard to support that Costco is still looking into branford as a possible destination?

     
  • Anonymous posted at 8:49 am on Mon, Oct 21, 2013.

    Anonymous Posts: 8208

    7:33, are you working on the assumption that Mr. Cosgrove does not know what he is talking about? You are wrong. Just as Mr. Campbell was wrong when he told Mr. Cosgrove when he challenged Cosgrove on the numbers he used regarding the Tabor infrastructure costs. It is clear Cosgrove thinks and educates himself before he speaks. This is a good quality. Doesn't get one tangled up in untruths, flip flops, backtracking, or looking the fool.

     
  • Anonymous posted at 9:06 am on Mon, Oct 21, 2013.

    Anonymous Posts: 8208

    8:49 No Im saying that any of the candidates can go and say Im going to go get Costco but how can anyone run on that platform when it has been like 2 years since the last we heard of Costco. Im just asking if people know for sure that Costco is still interested in Branford. Maybe he knows something but Andy Campbell or Jacey Wyatt can easily put out a press release saying the same thing.

    I will give him credit for specifically mentioning Costco instead of I will work to bring business to Branford but the flip side it will be a major disappointment if he wins and Costco does not agree to come to branford in the next 2 years.

     
  • Frederick posted at 9:43 am on Mon, Oct 21, 2013.

    Frederick Posts: 312

    Business, like Costco, look at demographics. They would have located in Guilford but could not get a pass from the Town. That is why they are interested in Branford. Branford also meets their demographics. Think how long Stew Leonard waited trying to get into Orange... even thought they failed. These large companies will wait as long as it takes to locate in an area that will be profitable. Be assured that Jamie Cosgrove has been in touch with Costco people before he spoke about them. You do not find either Campbell or Wyatt disputing what he has said. Andy Campbell has been such a carbon copy to DaRos' thinking, he has placed himself between a rock and a hard place. He has never expressed his own view or vision for Branford over the last two years. Instead he has echoed and has been in lock step with DaRos' point of view for the last two years. Were is his vision? Were is his dissent with DaRos' point of view on any issue? It's an indication of a follwer and not a good sign of a leader.