Friday, August 29, 2008

Comrades, let us now hear from the

"Public Engagement Committee"

This is unfreakin-believable, sounds like George Orwell's 1984!!

Montgomery County (Clarksville) recently voted to put a wheel tax increase on the Nov. 4 ballot. Now, they will use a "public engagement committee" to convince the unwashed masses what is best for them. Wonder if they will allow tax opponents equal time? Yeah, right. Wonder if they will register with the local election commission?

Developing, More on this as we get more info...

The county's Public Engagement Committee is preparing a "campaign" to educate the public on an upcoming wheel tax referendum, but insists it is not developing a sales pitch to support the measure.

"Selling has the connotation that you're holding back things," said District 2 Commissioner Keith Politi.

"We're not holding back anything. We want the public to be informed about the facts and figures surrounding the wheel tax," he said.


Politi, County Clerk Kellie Jackson, Grant, District 17 Commissioner Ginger Miles and District 19 Commissioner Charles Keene all discussed what they thought was the best practice to educate the public.

Many ideas were tossed around the table, however one thing was clear — they need to get a quick start, they said.

"October is probably when we're going to hit it as hard as we can," Politi said.

Expecting many voters to cast ballots during early voting, they opted to begin by targeting large civic organizations and groups in the community — the Rotary Club and Civitan Club, for instance.

"We are going to try and get out and reach out to ... organizations that have a social network set up," Politi said.

They also plan to send notices home, in some form, to parents of students in the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System.

The possibility of a public forum was also discussed, but Keene said it might not be the best option.

"If it's going to be like the Animal Control forum, I don't think we'll have the turnout," he said.