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Referendum is honorable way to decide hospitality tax use

Posted: September 20, 2011 11:00 a.m.
Updated: September 21, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Thank you for the opportunity to tell the citizens of Camden of the petition drive that is calling for a referendum on the use of hospitality taxes. I have no question that our elected officials are good people with good intentions.  However, many citizens have been outraged at the city council and city administration’s process in making a decision on a sports complex. During the last few weeks many citizens have written letters to the editor in opposition to the city’s handling of the controversial decision. Others have spoken at the public forums before each city council meeting. All are almost unanimous in opposition.  

 Thomas Jefferson said, “One person with courage is a majority.” Those with courage have initiated the petition drive. I have offered to help secure signatures. Each person who signs the petition is asked to tell 10 of their friends.  

 In an ad in Wednesday’s and Friday’s Chronicle-Independent see the sites in Camden where you can sign the petition in the next two weeks

 I do support recreational opportunities in the city and county. However, county officials including one county council member tell me that what the city is planning “doesn’t make any sense.” There has to be more cooperation between the city and county on recreation.

 No matter what your position is on this issue, please sign the petition calling for the referendum. If they support democracy, the mayor, the city council and the recently appointed city advisory committee on the issue should be the first to sign the petition.

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