Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Carver welcomes array, with propaganda

It appears that some of the folks working at the Town Hall in Carver, Massachusetts are committed to making Carver into "the solar capital of New England". I'm going to demonstrate how they have used propaganda to help move this effort forward. 

Friday, November 2, 2012

Renewable Energy "Tax Breaks" Bylaw

A group of Carver residents worked together at the grass roots level, and designed a bylaw concerning tax breaks for large renewable energy projects. Phil, of the Watchdogs of Carver, was part of that effort.

This bylaw is not "for" or "against" renewable energy, it only ensures that residents will get a fair shot at deciding if a project deserves a local tax break from Carver. This won't give residents the power to decide which renewable energy projects can be built in town, as it only deals with the tax breaks.

Our bylaw (called Article 12) will require that project proponents get two thirds approval from town meeting, in order to qualify for any local tax breaks. Right now Town Hall could make that decision (and has), and we want the people to have this power. After all, it's much easier to convince 3 or 4 people at Town Hall that a project is good for the town, than to convince two thirds (or more) of the residents at Town Meeting. Who better to decide what tax rate is fair for the town, than the residents/taxpayers?

We need you to come out to town meeting on Dec 6th 2012, and vote YES for ARTICLE 12. We were able to get close to 200 signatures from Carver residents, in less than a week. We got residents from all sides of the political spectrum to join us, because this effort is non partisan.