Letter: Rebutting Cortez piece
I found the opinion piece by Ed Cortez to be both confusing and full of misinformation. I’d like to clear up that confusion by stating some facts:
The solar array in the Carbondale dog park produces 100 percent of the energy being used at the water treatment plant. The town trustees spent no taxpayer money on that project. It is owned by a third party who sells power to the town, and the town is actually saving money by purchasing the power from the solar array instead of Xcel Energy.
The Climate Action Tax will provide a steady funding source to continue existing programs that have delivered clear measurable results. Between 2009 and 2014, town carbon emissions were reduced by 5 percent because of the programs available to help citizens make their homes more energy efficient through weatherization and efficiency upgrades. And remember, that reduction was achieved despite the fact that we have a growing population and are actually adding to our carbon emissions all the time.
According to census data there are 400 income-qualified homes in Carbondale. A yes vote on 2A will provide the funding needed to focus on reaching these families and providing free services to help upgrade their homes and reduce their utility bills. These services – energy audits, weatherization, lighting retrofits, renewable energy systems are provided by local businesses, all contributing to the local economy.
A yes vote on 2A is an investment in community, a healthy climate and the local economy. That’s creative economics at its finest.
In closing, I feel compelled to point out that the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority is in fact supported by taxpayer dollars, and therefore any wage benefits to bus drivers are funded by taxpayers. I believe bus drivers deserve to make a living wage. As a hard-working taxpayer myself, I commend Mr Cortez’s advocacy efforts on behalf of the transit workers.
Perhaps if Mr Cortez educates himself on the facts around ballot initiative 2A, he too will see the benefits to our entire community and join me in voting yes.
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