It’s your money, not their’s
To the Editor:
Two colossal government sponsored failures masquerading as economic stimuli and crammed down the throats of the taxpayers and ratepayers are about to be tossed into the garbage receptacle, where they belong.
The first is the taxpayer/ratepayer funded generation of electricity by natural atmospheric air movement (wind), an extreme low density, kinetic and intermittent energy source. Instead of advancing the economy, it is dragging it downward. With all the thousands of turbines in the nation, their output is effectively non-existent and never occurs when the demand for electricity is the greatest, on hot, summer days.
The public is seeing through this wind scam and the outcry for nuclear, clean coal, hydro, and natural gas electrical generation is growing and with good reason as a return to a bustling economy depends on an increase in solid and dependable energy sources. This wind thing may look like a pot of gold to a few, but the overall impact to a much needed economic boost isn’t going to happen with it as an energy replacement.
The other failed initiative designed to grow an economy and often tied to wind projects erected in towns in this state is the TIF program, where new found tax revenue which should be used to lower the tax burden on all property taxpayers throughout the town is instead diverted to bureaucratic developed projects which, by some mysterious conception is sold to the townspeople as creating some sort of magical, economic revival.
This, simply does not work. Much of the money and effort goes into the project planning. When the private sector develops a project, it is done with private money and private risk, therefore, such a project is developed very conservatively. Not so with public money, where there is no implications to winning or losing. Accountability doesn’t exist in the public sector. It’s your money, not their’s. All decisions on your money require your vote.
Finally, as a citizen of Dixfield, are you aware of the special town meeting scheduled for July 31, where you will be asked to approve a nearly $2 million loan for a town project. Are you also aware that a suggestion by a selectman during a recent board meeting was to have fellow members personally urge citizens to attend this special town meeting and vote approval of this huge loan? It can be scaled back, but it will require your attendance.