Friday, October 19, 2012

Town Hall, Public Hearing, They're One and the Same, Vern

Wausau East High School

Letter: Boards should hold a town-hall meeting. (Wausau Daily Herald, 10/19/2012)

Excerpt:  Apparently my suggestion for the Marathon County Board, the Wausau City Council and the Wausau School Board to meet the citizens of Marathon County for a full disclosure of how and why the multimillion-dollar budgets of our money is about the be spent is dead on arrival.

[Sidebar:  I can, for example, find out here how the City of Wausau has been spending its money since 2004.]

Vern goes on to suggest these town-hall meetings be held at the high school auditoriums to accommodate the crowds.

Well, at a November 2011 public hearing on the 2012 municipal budget, six people offered comments.

That's twice as many as showed up in Sheboygan.

According to the article, [t]wo of them voiced support for the Mead Public Library and none of them discussed the proposed $5 per month garbage fee.

Which is still an improvement over what happened in Manitowoc.

Lesson to be learned here.

Put advocacy tip #1 to use.  And for the purposes of this post, I'll revise the last sentence to read, "Call on them when you need someone to attend a budget hearing and tell their elected and appointed officials just how important the library is!"

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