Letter: Keep Charlestown Green, Both on the Land and in Our Wallets

The following letter was submitted to local newspapers and is shared with us here by the author Ruth Platner. Ruth Platner is Chair of the Charlestown Planning Commission


Electing Independent Charlestown Town Council candidates Julie Carroccia, Virginia Lee, Denise Rhodes, Bonnie Van Slyke, and Steve Williams is important to our environment, our tax rate, and to our economy.

The Southern New England Forest Consortium produced an economic study titled “Land Conservation, Development and Property Taxes in Rhode Island.” This widely respected study of all Rhode Island towns and other economic studies have shown that increasing the overall density of development will lead to higher tax rates and that development on marginal land will lead to higher tax rates.

Charlestown’s largest real estate developers once dominated Charlestown’s political life. If they had retained their influence, much of the open space lands in Charlestown would be developed now. If they regain their influence, no more land will be conserved. We currently have a Town Council who support the creation of public access natural areas. The most recent results have been the Charlestown Moraine Preserve and the new conservation area on the Pawcatuck River.

It is important to elect independent Town Councilors who will put the interest of the town, its tax rate, and its environment first. These Independent Town Council candidates are committed to our environment and rural character. They understand the connection between protection of our natural resources and our low tax rate.

Electing Independent Town Council candidates Julie Carroccia, Virginia Lee, Denise Rhodes, Bonnie Van Slyke, and Steve Williams will help to keep Charlestown green, both on the land and in our wallets.

Ruth Platner

Ruth is the current Chair of the Charlestown Planning Commission and has been involved in land use issues in Charlestown for over 20 years.