|To the Editor: Charter amendment will hurt, not help BG|
|Written by Members of the BG Coalition for Preserving the City Charter|
|Monday, 21 October 2013 10:27|
On Election Day, voters in the City of Bowling Green will be asked to pass judgment on a proposed Charter Amendment.
The proposed amendment will cause our electric, water and sewer rates to increase by requiring unnecessary and expensive change to our existing infrastructure in an attempt to comply with the loosely defined and idealistic language the proposed amendment contains.
Additionally, since our Board of Public Utilities will not be able to provide electric service to industrial users generated by fossil fuels, it is also likely that many jobs will be lost to our residents in the city.
Many of us are concerned about the effect of fracking on the environment. Unfortunately, the proposed amendment, while not mentioning the process of fracking at all, would in fact cause devastation to our economy and our own household budgets. It would pit neighbor against neighbor providing for legal claims to be processed by any person who thinks they are affected by the emissions or driving habits of even their neighbors.
Fracking is already a criminal act in the City of Bowling Green. The proposed Charter Amendment is unnecessary and a bad idea. We urge you to vote no on Election Day.
Members of the BG Coalition for Preserving the City Charter
Al Caperna, community volunteer
Ben Otley, BG Chamber of Commerce
Paul Rankin, BG Economic Development, president
Bruce Stevens, BG Chamber of Commerce, president
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