Electing independent Charlestown Town Council candidates Julie Carroccia, Virginia Lee, Bonnie Van Slyke, David Wilkinson, and Bill Wilson is important to our environment, our tax rate, and to our economy.
The Southern New England Forest Consortium produced an economic study titled “Land Conservation, Development and Property Taxes in Rhode Island.” This widely respected study of all Rhode Island towns and other economic studies have shown that increasing the overall density of development will lead to higher tax rates and that development on marginal land will lead to higher tax rates.
Charlestown’s largest real estate developers once dominated Charlestown’s political life. If they had retained their influence, much of the open space lands in Charlestown would be developed now. If they regain their influence, no more land will be conserved.
We currently have a Town Council that supports the creation of public access recreation and conservation areas. The most recent results have been the new hiking area on the Pawcatuck River in Carolina, the expansion of the recreation area behind Town Hall, and the addition to the Pasquiset Preserve on Old Coach Road that connects several existing open-space properties and preserves forever a portion of the Narragansett Trail.
It is important to elect independent town councilors who will put the interest of the town, its tax rate, and its environment first. These independent Town Council candidates are committed to our environment and rural character. They understand the connection between protection of our natural resources and our low tax rate.
Electing independent Town Council candidates Julie Carroccia, Virginia Lee, Bonnie Van Slyke, David Wilkinson, and Bill Wilson will help to keep Charlestown green, both on the land and in our wallets.
The writer is the current chairwoman of the Charlestown Planning Commission and is a candidate for Planning Commission.