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Energy efficiency for everyone

Dear Editor:

My family gets a significant portion of our electricity from the 20 solar panels mounted on our roof. Installing this system was not cheap and required a big up-front expense. Ballot initiative 1A – the Energy Smart campaign – removes barriers to installing systems like the one I own.

If you live in Pitkin or Eagle county you will receive your mail-in ballot shortly. Ballot question 1A on both ballots asks you to allow your county to sell bonds to fund residential and commercial energy efficiency and renewable projects. Proceeds of these bond sales are loaned to the property owner to be re-paid over time through property tax payments.

1A creates a program to offer low-interest, long-term, fixed-rate loans to property owners. The loans will remain with the property until repaid.

1A is not a tax and only impacts the property owners who opt to access loan funds.

1A is a direct investment in local green jobs for plumbers, builders, carpenters, clean energy installers and other technicians.

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Vote yes on 1A!

Matt Hamilton

Carbondale