The New Ideas for Clinton Petition sign now

I've lived in the Town of Clinton for thirty-eight years (since 1971); if you agree with me that the Town of Clinton needs to make at least some of the twenty common-sense initiatives below reality here closer to 2009 than 2090, sign on to this petition and pass it along to all you know in town (and when you sign on with your comment, make a note of which new ideas below catch your fancy in particular-- to help us prioritize what to work on!).

Joel Tyner
County Legislator
Clinton/Rhinebeck
324 Browns Pond Road
Staatsburg, NY 12580
DutchessDemocracy.blogspot.com
[email protected]
(845) 876-2488

[don't forget-- it's a proven fact that pro-actively protecting our environment saves tax dollars (especially when it comes to our drinking water, farmland, and open space; see more below on this)]

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1. Community Preservation Fund: save farmland and open space from development (referendum: real estate transfer tax as Red Hook-- but not necessarily as high).
[ http://www.PetitionOnline.com/SaveLand ]

2. Mandate for new residential construction to be Energy-Star certified (as in Red Hook, Greenburgh).
[ http://www.redhook.org/PDFs/TownClerk/2009PubHrngs/ntcpubhearingLLenergystar.pdf ;
http://pfeiner.blogspot.com/2009/04/greenburgh-to-mandate-leeds-energy.html ]

3. Ban pay-to-play re: town contracts, political donations (as in Red Hook).
[ http://www.RedHookConcerns.com ; http://www.petitiononline.com/cleangov ]

4. Revolving loan fund for energy-efficiency retrofits for homeowners (as in Babylon).
[ http://www.LIGreenHomes.com ; http://www.townofbabylon.com/whatsnew.cfm?id=252 ]

5. Voluntary solar financing district to allow homeowners to pay solar on property taxes (as in Berkeley).
[ http://www.PetitionOnline.com/SOLAR ]

6. Construct solar farm in town; make energy to power town government; sell excess back to grid.
[ http://www.NewYorkStateSolarFarm.com ]

7. Revolving loan fund septic system upgrades for homeowners (to protect local drinking water quality).
http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wypr/news.newsmain?action=article&ARTICLE_ID=1490834&sectionID=1

8. Ban organics from being accepted as trash at town transfer station; compost food waste instead.
[ http://www.cool2012.com/community/collection/ (as in Ithaca, Seattle, Boulder, Cambridge, San Francisco) http://www.jgpress.com/archives/_free/000525.html ; http://www.ILSR.org ]

9. Ban TV's accepted as transfer station trash (as in NYC, CT, MA, RI, NH, ME, OR, NC, MN, CA, AR).
http://www.e-takeback.org/docs\%20open/Toolkit_Legislators/state\%20legislation/disposal\%20bans.htm

10. Ban ATV's/snowmobiles/motor boats on water bodies in town to protect pure drinking water in town.
[ http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/motor-oil-water-pollution-461008 ]

11. Bulk purchase discount for local residents on smart meters and programmable thermostats.
[ http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=thermostats.pr_thermostats ;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smart_meter ]

12. Community garden on town property
[ http://www.CommunityGarden.org ]

13. Demonstration green roof on town property.
[ http://www.GreenRoofs.org ; http://www.GreenRoof.com ; http://www.GreenRoofs.com ]

14. Demonstration rain garden on town property.
[ http://www.RainGardens.org ; http://www.RainGardenNetwork.com ]

15. Demonstration permeable pavers on town property.
[ http://www.lid-stormwater.net/permpavers_benefits.htm ]

16. PBT-free purchasing policy-- no tax dollars spent on products with dangerous toxins (as in Buffalo).
[ http://www.PetitionOnline.om/PBTFree ]

17 Become a Sustainable Community: sustainable indicators how progress measured (as in Seattle).
[ http://www.Sustainable.org ; http://www.SustainableMeasures.com ; http://www.RProgress.org ]

18. Carbon tax referendum to wage local fight against climate change/global warming (as in Boulder).
[ http://www.petitiononline.com/carbontx ]

19. Put minutes of Town Board, Planning Board, and other boards on official Town of Clinton website.
[ http://www.TownofClinton.com ]

20. Help start a local currency to revitalize local economy (as in Rhinebeck, Ithaca, Great Barrington).
[ http://www.RhineBucks.org ; http://www.BerkShares.org ; http://www.IthacaHours.org ]

Fact: "A recent study conducted for the State of California concluded that, on average, green buildings show a ten times return on the investment in green building design. This comprehensive analysis of 33 green buildings revealed an average green cost premium of less than 2\%, with only a 0.66\% premium for buildings that achieved the most basic level of LEED certification."
[from NYC Local 86 of 2005: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dob/downloads/pdf/ll_86of2005.pdf ]

Fact: "Open space saves tax money. Studies across the country consistently show that the tax expenditure/income generation relationship of open space is more favorable than that for residential development. Residential development often costs more in services than it provides in tax base. Two recent North Carolina studies confirm these results: "The Fiscal Impact of Alternative Land Uses in Macon County," a report that compares different types of land uses to local government property tax revenues and costs of services supported by property taxes, and "The Costs of Community Services in Wake County," which also compares different types of land uses to local government property tax revenues and costs of services supported by property taxes. In addition, studies by the US Department of Commerce show that open spaces - forests, wetlands and farmlands - save local tax money and protect drinking water, contrary to a long-standing misconception that undeveloped land is not economically productive. Open space makes little, if any, demand on municipal services such as school systems, police and fire departments, and water and septic/sewer services. A typical residence, on the other hand, may require municipal services costing more than the amount it pays in local taxes."
[from North Carolina's Million Acre Initiative: http://www.onencnaturally.org/pages/obj/r5.html ]

Fact: "The European Commission estimates that REACH will cost the EU $4 billion to $7.5 billion over 11 years, but it will also save $78 billion over 30 years because of fewer illnesses from chemical exposures. The EU is wielding its market clout to compel producers, including U.S. corporate giants, to eliminate toxic ingredients."
[from Terry J. Allen in "In These Times": http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/3426/ ]

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