ARPA has very narrow limits for what the money can be used for, and that constrains us a lot. One of the things the money is permitted to be used for is to help with water systems, both supply and effluent.
So, we are proposing to use slightly more than 10% of the total given to the Town to help us reduce our water consumption. Doing this will help all of us in the middle of this historic drought, and, those who actually do reduce their consumption, will also save money.
A second thing that can be done with the money is to provide utility assistance to people of low- to moderate- income. Our second proposal, therefore, is to use less than 10% of the total money to help low- and moderate- income people to install solar systems on their homes.
Together, these two proposals, if enacted, would use only 20% of the total ARPA money, leaving all of the rest for other uses. It would help us to work together to save the water on which we all depend. It would help those of us on fixed incomes or with low incomes to reduce their climate footprint and to save money over time in reduced energy costs.
Save the watershed.
Most of the money for other purposes.
What's not to like?
Join us tonight to talk through the ideas and get them into what WE, the people, want and need from the Town Council.
Together, we can come together and make needed change happen.