Thursday, October 02, 2014

Shawnee Citizens Blew This One

Last night the City held a community meeting to discuss the proposed sales taxes that will appear on the Nov 4th ballot.

This was an opportunity for the citizens to ask questions, make comments, or whatever.  Here is what happened.  I counted 19 people there.  Twelve of them were city staff (to answer questions), 1 media rep, and 6 citizens.

When it coms to city affairs it is amazing how apathetic the people of Shawnee are.  This is evidenced by the fact that in the spring (April) elections for mayor and council only 10% of the registered voters actually vote.

Now, the Nov 4 election should show a higher turnout because we have a gubernatorial, US Senate and US Congressional race in the mix. But how will the folks vote on the sales tax issues?  Do they understand them?  Do they know whether or not there are other potential sources?  Last night was an opportunity to find out.

What is going to happen Nov5?  Folks are going to wake up and ask themselves "How did that happen (or not happen)?"  Then they need to ask themselves whether or not they got involved, studied the issue(s) and asked questions.

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