Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Barrel Plan Is All Wet.(Journal North)(Editorial)

EDITORIALS

Here's one for the "What were they thinking?" department. The Santa Fe City Council on Wednesday decided to go ahead with a plan to buy 1,250 rain barrels from a Vermont company and distribute them to city residents.

The city will spend nearly $100,000 for the barrels and sell them to residents for $40. The plan is a repeat of a similar program last year, when the city bought barrels from the same company.

The decision has irked area greenhouse and landscape business owners, who suggested the city use the money instead to offer coupons for a discount on barrels sold locally.

In this case, the business owners' idea was the right one. …

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