A recent article “Increases for Hopkinton, Richmond in proposed Chariho budget” brings to taxpayers’ attention an almost 5 percent increase in school costs this year. That is in addition to potentially unfunded school transportation costs from the state ($350,000) and the unknown of how much school aid our town will receive.
By the way — the state is facing a $160 million deficit. We can solve these and future financial issues right now: the Town Council can approve the Brushy Brook proposal.
We stand to gain $315,000 annually in property taxes alone in addition to: $70,000 from utility upgrades, energy savings for town buildings, $150,000 for Town Hall expansion, $130,000 for Ashaway School demolition and contributions to the land trust and local non-profits.
The solar project will contribute $17 million to our town over the life of the project.
Our town and its taxpayers are not in the position to turn our nose up at such an investment.
As a direct abutter to Brushy Brook, we support solar as our neighbor.
John and Martha Orlandi