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Vote ‘yes’ on 1A

Dear Editor:

I am writing to urge Pitkin County residents to support ballot issue 1A to create an energy smart loan local improvement district. This is the best type of government program – it helps individual property owners while also serving the greater public good, it is totally voluntary and the costs are paid by the people who choose to participate, it stimulates the local economy, and it reduces fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions.

I can speak from experience. Last year Boulder County residents voted overwhelmingly to create the same type of program. Since then 2,000 residents have attended program workshops and nearly 650 property owners have used the program to invest $10 million dollars in insulating their homes, upgrading windows, upgrading boilers and furnaces, and installing solar panels.

Residents from across the political spectrum love the fact that this is a government program that offers help to individuals without creating new regulations or new taxes.

This was one of the few county ballot issues that drew widespread support from Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians. Environmentalists love the program because it does so much to improve energy efficiency and install solar power. Local contractors love the program because it has kept their businesses humming through the recession. Homeowners love it because it lets them lower their energy bills and increase the value of their homes. The same will be true in Pitkin County.

Vote yes on 1A!

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Will Toor

Boulder County commissioner

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