SOUL asks for your help
As an all volunteer organization, we need not only financial help…we need folks like yourselves to give us just an hour or so of your time to the various tasks below. Sure, you will invest a bit of time at your computer, paper and postage, but adding your name to an opinion voiced makes our case just one stronger. SOUL is composed of nothing but everyday heroes just like you! Ready? When you leave this meeting, please make a spring resolution to get these tasks done!
While we have placed them in an order, certainly you may prioritize and work them through in the order that suits you. But we need your help and your commitment.
Talking points, ideas to get you started:
ü Even the recent Governor’s task force supports renewable energy for the state, this is a dinosaur. Renewable resources in the north could set a model for the state, add jobs, and make us a leader. This line does not.
ü ATC does not have the ability to condemn your land, how many utilities have been formed by a budget bill?
ü Mention repeated violations of landowners, Minnesota sets an example, and Marathon county residents were not treated as the courts promised. Environmentally, bore holes have been left open for over two years in Douglas County.
ü Remind everyone that there is no hurry or victory. National Park Service will wait for Douglas and Washburn decisions, Corps still not issued permit, DNR contested case hearing, ATC back at the PSC and Douglas County Circuit Court for a reroute.
ü Several of the counties and towns the line passes through are the same counties that have increased equalized values at a rate substantially higher than other areas of the state. Everyone needs to know that devaluation has already occurred through disclosure that land sold is on a transmission line route. Land values on lakes will decrease, and other area residents, already subject to tax burdens will feel the increase as the load shifts. No one on or off of this line wins in this situation.
ü What about an energy policy for Wisconsin? The state has no idea what it does or does not need as current planning only covers what utilities propose to build, not how the need fits the state.
COUNTY BOARD CONTACTS: Douglas County: http://www.douglascountywi.org/countyboard/boardofsupervisors/boardofsupervisors.htm
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