I was very disappointed to hear Miranda DeBruhl, candidate for Buncombe County Commissioner in District 3, criticize the county’s plan to reduce its energy usage [“The Politics of Sustainability,” April 16, Xpress]. The sustainability plan does require an upfront investment of over $800,000, but that investment is estimated to be paid back and save the county almost $900,000 over the next 10 years and over $173,000 every year after that.
Businesses such as Wal-Mart are investing millions of dollars every year to reduce energy costs because it is a good investment for their bottom line. I want my county commissioners to make the same kinds of smart investments to save our tax dollars and not oppose it because of ideological reasons because she defines the word “sustainability” differently. We need commissioners who will make smart decisions with our tax dollars. David King has been doing that. If DeBruhl would pass up this kind of opportunity, then she isn’t someone I want making decisions about the use of my tax dollars.