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City could learn from county

Posted: May 17, 2012 11:32 a.m.
Updated: May 18, 2012 5:00 a.m.

What a stark difference between the county and city council when it comes to listening to the people who elected them.

With regard to county council, two recent examples come to mind.

The county recreation meetings with a dialogue between council and citizens

County Council immediately dropped the idea of a county police force after 300 citizens showed up at their council meetings.

On the other hand, city council apparently has the philosophy that because they were elected by the citizens, it’s their right to make decisions, seemingly without regard to citizens concerns and input.

The best example of this is the sports complex (YMCA) issue.

After being presented with three petitions which called for a referendum on the issue, city council then agreed to place the referendum on the November ballot. However, on the advice of the city attorney, council chose to change the wording of the referendum question that over 1,000 voters had agreed to.

We are all aware of how extremely different these two councils react to public concerns and input. Does it really have to be this way?

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