Recently, residents have inquired as to why the Parks and Recreation Commission elected to implement a five dollar fee for park stickers in the Town of Trumbull. The genesis of this decision came through discussions that the Parks and Recreation Commission has had over the last several years concerning out-of-town residents who are using our parks. In some instances, they are not only utilizing our park system but also misusing the park system. The commission became concerned by the fact that residents were paying taxes to maintain a beautiful park system that was being misused by others.
The commission discussed various alternatives to better police the park system and prevent out-of-town residents from taking advantage of town resources and services at the expense of the Trumbull taxpayers. The commission previously requested line item expenditures that would allow for additional manpower to police the park system. This request for additional manpower would have come through more park rangers. This would have represented significant cost to the Trumbull taxpayers — much more than any $5 sticker fee. The commission is of the unanimous consensus that Trumbull residents should have the right of first refusal to use our park system and I am sure everyone can agree that Trumbull taxpayers should not be subsidizing, through increased property taxes, the cost of additional manpower to police our park system.