WLOX has been pumping the upcoming election in the Bay even posting Bill Synder on the beach in Old Town with live reports this morning ahead of the public forum on the topic, which I understand was disrupted by a citizen from Waveland who has no voting rights in the Bay but perceived having a horse in the race nonetheless.
Vote on Bay’s food and beverage tax is next Tuesday ~ Geoff Belcher
There is talk that the odd election date is the product of pro-tax proponents scheduling the election at a time when like minded people can pack the polls. That may be true but when it comes to propositions that need a 60% majority my experience is there is no good time for an election. There has to be major community support for such things to get the needed majority and I am not seeing that part on social media. What I am seeing are infrequent social media posters putting things like “Vote No” on their social media timelines.
Rhonda Oliver summed up for WLOX this morning the number one reason I am hearing why people are not supporting the proposed tax increase:
“If you want to put 40% to parks and recreation, great. Put it in writing,” said referendum opponent Rhonda Oliver.
I’ve seen that sentiment expressed another way very recently in comments here on Slabbed:
In my opinion, having Tish speak for the City was their biggest mistake. As Rod said, she’s not involved unless a % of the $$ is going to the Chamber. The Council & Mayor are losing their minds. The Yacht Club debacle was just swept aside but make them pay taxes! How 2% on bajillion short term rentals? Or better yet forget about it!
It is nice to see that people haven’t forgotten the major amount of money that goes out the back door in Hancock County. Trixie’s logic, far as I can tell, is impeccable. You’d have to be a fool to vote to tax yourself so another elected official can give away like amounts to their favorite pets out of the back door. Leaving out how the money is actually going to be spent practically invites such chicanery and the public does not seem to be in a trusting mood these days.
Slabbed joins WLOX and the Echo in urging all the registered voters there in the Bay to make your voices heard next Tuesday.