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October 19, 2013

Courthouse meeting disappointment

Editor:

With the first townhall meeting addressing the renovation of the courthouse at Dodd’s School now a part of history, I can say that it was at the very best a disappointment to me.

I called it the “first” townhall meeting but it was nothing more than a re-hash of the meetings held in August with nothing new presented by the county and it was only due to questions and comments from the public that any new ground was broken. And that newly broken ground was not fertile.

No positive comments came from the officials present. One county board member said that he had requested information similar to the information that the public had asked for but had not received an answer. What kind of dog and pony show are we being subjected to? What chance does a member of the public have to get answers to vital questions if the powers that be won’t even address those questions when presented by a county board member who is charged with the responsibility of making decisions on behalf of his constituents?

The official line seemed to be that the solution to the problems of the courthouse were either an “all or nothing” proposition. Either raise taxes and enter into a contract for $8 million or let the courthouse become destroyed and fall to the ground. Really? No middle ground, huh? It was obvious to me that the final outcome of the townhall meetings have already been determined and it was just a matter of “selling” that outcome to the public.

We are being subjected to a sleight of hand bunch of flim-flam in my humble opinion. The predominant solution appeared to me to be a quarter per cent sales tax increase to do the Cadillac renovation project that has been presented. No wait, it has been the only solution presented other than letting the courthouse fall to the ground.

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