People are talking! Here is a sample of what voters are expressing while I have been canvassing neighborhoods:
Regarding 15-210, changing the 1908 City Charter:
- “Why do they (City Council and city manager) want to do this? Is it just another power grab?” Frank, 56.
- “I watch the meetings on TV. They’re not going to get my vote on this; they can’t manage city affairs as it is. Why do they think they can manage Park affairs?” Julie, 70.
- “Yes, let’s keep our Park system away from city politics; I’ll vote ‘no.’” Joanne, 63.
- “I don’t like the idea of dismantling our Parks and dis-empowering our Parks Commissioners; I’ll vote No.” Regina, 66.
Regarding 15-211, the Food and Beverage Tax:
- “I’ll definitely vote ‘no’ on this; I want to do away with that tax forever, so I sure don’t want to extend it another five years.” Maria, 46
- “They can’t manage the general fund; I’d like to see the money go to Parks, especially if it is earmarked for a new pool.” Mike, 53.
- “I know the city has reduced Park’s budget drastically this past year, resulting in degraded appearance of some parks. I think Parks could use the money to make improvements to the golf course, the duck pond, and such.” Ellen, 49.
- “Thank you for canvassing and providing this information on these measures!” Jim, 77.
- “I haven’t seen much information on these confusing measures; thank you for making it more clear.” Paula, 43.
- I’ve seen the lawn signs around town on this but didn’t know much about them; now I do and will study them more; thank you.” Peggy, 55.
Vote “no” on both ballot measures 15-210 and 15-211.