Tuesday, May 17, 2016

WDT: Double Digit Tax Proposal Draws One Comment to Public Hearing

   One person spoke at last night's public hearing on a proposed city budget. One person.
    Maybe blog comments, talk show musings and aggregator headlines have replaced  public discourse and editorials as the means to assimilate the will of the people into public policy.
    The old days of a Joe Spano attending all the Council meetings are gone.
     So in defense of local lawmakers, what input do they have when deciding to override the tax cap ?
      Of course, you can say, what difference does it make ?  And to an extent that's true, but the setting of formal public hearings may be a thing of the past soon.
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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

The public gets their say in the voting booth. Plus if you want to bend the ear of a city lawmaker, you do it outside of the meeting and well in advance of the meeting. Minds are made up and decisions are in stone by the time the actual meeting takes place.

Anonymous said...

I have in the past seen others get pulled aside by the police for saying their part. We forget the new team is not there for us. I think.

Anonymous said...

Blogs and talk shows make people brave. Having to step up and be accounted for changes everything...from another anonymous online commenter.

Anonymous said...

your right, what does it matter. i remember one time when there was a huge outcry for a topic, and they did what they wanted and said they were voting on the heals of the silent majority.
That is total BS and today is no different. Macaluso always says she is referring to a complaint from constituency but you never hear who or get proof of her statements, or do they ever come to the meeting to voice their concern.
Is this really fair?