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Spending addict is loose in our town
To the Editor:
Is there be a spending addict loose in our town? It’s amazing how a simple, but unexamined statement can make some people hot to trot. Whoa Nellie!
We all have heard about a $40 million dollar project and the $800,000 of revenue supposedly ready to befall our town, but before you see a boat launch in the town’s future, let’s take a look at how the real world works.
Surely many citizens of town have noticed a new undertaking of town government reform is taking place, set in place by the vote of the people last June. We are tired of paying more and more taxes to satisfy the spending habits of our community
leaders. A new approach is necessary, a new consciousness is needed. Study the situation first!
Wind development, cherished as a savior to humanity’s destructive carbon footprint on the Earth, is being given a thumbs down as the correct application of science and engineering that will shape the future in line with civilization's desires for better living conditions.
Economically, it’s a bust, raising the costs of electricity, thereby diminishing the purchase power needed to improve quality of life.
It’s fit into the current electrical grid, a complex engineered infrastructure, is widely known to be utterly out of place.
Look up the term dispatchable electricity, which represents the very essence of how electric markets work. Wind is like making a square peg fit a round hole. It is non-dispatchable.
Environmentally, wind fails the test to cut the human carbon footprint as somewhere nearby these turbines is a gas plant idling awaiting the go signal when the wind drops off and produces zero.
The benefits/costs ratio of wind only works with huge inputs of money and favorable regulations from government. No benefit to the taxpayer as it is the taxpayers' money the government gives away. More costs to the ratepayers as government demands the square peg to be made to fit the round hole. With the federal and state government on the verge of removing much of this favoritism from law, the wind industry is about to disappear with the take away of their profits.
Of course, given the use of someone else’s money, I could make promises which empower those who have influence in how the town should operate its business.
There is no way the town will ever receive $800,000 per year in tax revenue coming from any wind project proposed here. As our newly elected selectmen are discovering, when the town’s valuation increases, the town’s obligation to support other government agencies increases. The county tax goes up. The RSU amount increases and it does so whether the town is one of 12 towns or one of four towns. The town will receive less from the state’s allocation of state government received revenue.
Money that trickles all through the government as the individual taxpayer goes dry.
And, I ask, Is it appropriate to devalue our neighbor's property, who have the bad luck of living near these giant wind machines?
A spending addict is only as good as where the money comes from. Our property taxes have been the traditional drug of choice.
Something we can change with a vote in November. The purpose of this letter is to alert my fellow citizens to take a good look at this gift horse of wind before you decide what is best for the community.
Can we afford allowing a spending addict loose upon money as risky as wind money is?