At a hearing last Wednesday, a subcommittee of the Assembly of Delegates voted to restore funds to the Cape Cod Water Protection Collaborative, overruling the Barnstable County Commission. Was that playing politics? It doesn’t seem so.
The majority of the subcommittee, referring to the charter, found 1) the county commission violated its authority by seeking to defund the collaborative and transfer its funds to the health department. The majority of assembly members there said, under the charter, the collaborative is independent, not under the control of the commission; 2) the shift of funds from the collaborative to the health department would save no money in the short run and 3) the commission provided no clear plan on how the collaborative’s work would continue – which would put future grant money at risk in the long run – a substantial amount. The vote now goes to the full assembly at a hearing at 4 next Wednesday. We agree politics shouldn’t play a role in the work to protect the Cape’s water – our health and our economic wellbeing depend on it.