Members of the Town Council,
As Chairman of the Weymouth Chamber of Commerce I want to state the Chamber’s strong opposition to the 18-month building moratorium that is before the Council.
Our Chamber will continue to support the Mayor’s and other elected official’s ongoing efforts to better understand the town’s water usage through water audits, the DPW’s monitoring and repairing damaged infrastructure, the installation of modern, accurate water metering devices, and the eventual replacement of aging infrastructure. The Chamber also supports efforts to explore any reasonable avenues to identify and potentially acquire water from other resources.
The Chamber supports those measures because the Chamber recognizes the importance of water supply and quality to the town. Water is critical not just for residents, but for the many businesses that contribute significantly to the tax revenue collected by the town. This tax revenue is crucial to maintaining our police, fire, schools, parks, playing fields, libraries, and roads and sidewalks.
The building moratorium will effectively shut down new growth as a critical revenue source. Investment momentum is not a light switch. Although you can shut off investments with a moratorium it will not simply snap back on when (or if) the moratorium is lifted. Stopping meaningful economic investment into Weymouth does not stop investors from investing elsewhere, as they surely will. As word spreads that Weymouth is “closed” it could take years to regain the momentum that will be lost. Our concern is the impact this will have on future budgets and needed projects.
The Weymouth Chamber of Commerce respectfully urges the Town Council to oppose this seemingly draconian measure and allow the town’s elected leaders and Boards to continue weighing the merits of each project on a case-by-case basis.
George Berg, Chair, Weymouth Chamber