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!"