Weinberger makes pitch for clean-heat ballot measure

Published: Jan. 24, 2023 at 5:30 AM EST
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger is making a pitch to voters to pass a carbon pollution impact fee on the ballot for Town Meeting Day.

The ballot measure would require new buildings in the city larger than 50,000 square feet to be heated by a renewable source. If builders or developers don’t comply with the ordinance, they would have to pay an impact fee.

There is no number for how much these impact fees would cost but the mayor says the money be used to help the city achieve its net zero energy goals.

“We will either use it to improve the city’s vehicle fleet. We’re trying to electrify the vehicle fleet. And some of the money will go into a fund that will help low-inccome Burlingtonians move toward electrification themselves,” Weinberger said.

It is one of several measures voters will weigh in on on Tuesday, March 7th.

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