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‘NO’ To A Burdensome New Taxpayer-Funded & Unaccountable Cape Cod Regional Wastewater Authority!

Beaty strongly opposes creation of a burdensome, taxpayer-funded & unaccountable Cape Cod Regional Wasterwater Authority recently been recommended by the Special Commission on County Governance.

With regard to the growing wastewater crisis on the Cape, ‘yes’ the fifteen towns of Cape Cod, in conjunction with the regional county government, need to coordinate all of their thinking, efforts, planning, cooperation from a regional perspective. “Think regionally, act locally.” However, creation of a new unaccountable and autonomous Cape Cod Regional Wastewater Authority equivalent to the MWRA is NOT the way to go! If one reads the February 5, Cape Cod Times op-ed article authored by the entire Cape & Islands Legislative Delegation entitled, ‘Here’s how to solve our wastewater crisis’ then they will have a good idea of how to correctly approach the aforementioned issue and problem.
 
As I have dreaded since last year, the Barnstable County Special Commission on County Governance has finally come up with a recommendation which is utterly senseless, unreasonable and ill-advised. The rationale upon which it is based is faulty and defective. Any attempt to implement this unwarranted taxpayer funded scheme must be dealt with accordingly. The respective towns, individual taxpayers, residents and voters of Cape Cod will need to fight this injustice and what amounts to a potential usurping of their constitutional right to self-governance!

Ron Beaty

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RON BEATY February 20, 2012 at 09:46 AM
“Think regionally, act locally.” This is what has been jointly espoused by most of our elected state-level public office holders. According to recently published statements collectively propounded by the entire Cape & Islands Legislative Delegation, here are the steps required to accomplish this goal: 1.) Work with local boards of selectmen, and the county, to build consensus for a regional plan; 2.) Work at the state level to garner support for solutions created through this local process; 3.) Work with our federal representatives to get all available federal resources.
RON BEATY February 20, 2012 at 09:49 AM
...if the Special Commission's recommendation becomes a reality, then municipal autonomy for each of Cape Cod's towns will be lost!!
what a joke February 24, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Mr. Beaty, Great points here, enough consolidation, we are not the Soviet Union, well not yet at least. Who voted in this B.C. Special commission? See folks, people are attempting to kill our democracy by ruling us with unelected "EXPERTS" and overruling our votes.
Barbara Emerson March 09, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Does anyone in government ever think about older cape codders, who have spent their entire lives here, while they do own a house, they have a limited income, and struggle to keep afloat as it is?
RON BEATY March 09, 2012 at 03:58 PM
@Barbara, you have hit the nail right on the head...and what you bring up so vividly is at the very core of the the fight against such a tax burdening regional wastewater authority. Thank you for your insightful input!

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