To all who voted
By Sparta Live | February 11, 2019 8:28 am
Last Updated: February 11, 2019 at 8:29 am
Whether you voted for or against the Van Buren County Referendum for a Wheel Tax, your voices were heard. There were 513 votes against and 427 votes for the Wheel Tax. It is important that everyone knows the sole purpose of this special vote was to give each and every registered voter the opportunity to make their voice heard, and it is something that could have easily taken place during the regular elections’ voting, in November 2018, at no extra cost to the county. This was recommended to the board of commissioners, but they turned it down. Hopefully, the mayor and the board of commissioners will take this as it was meant to be, and that is decisions affecting the pocketbooks of their voters should be decided by those voters, not just a few commissioners.
As residents/voters of Van Buren County, it is our duty to support, while at times questioning, the decisions being made regarding the financial stability of our county and our livelihood. It is not a trust issue but an obligation to those that live here and their heirs. We need to band together and seek ways to bring businesses here that can provide additional revenues and jobs for those that want to keep this as their home. I was told by a commissioner of another local community and verified by one of our commissioners several months ago that the opportunity to bring a small ER to Spencer had been offered by Erlanger, and it was and turned down and never discussed any further nor brought to the vote of this community. Think of the possibilities of money that could be saved, possible revenue gained, and available jobs in such a partnership, not to mention lives saved.
The board of commissioners meets the third Tuesday of every month at the new administrative/justice center building, unless a notice of change is made publicly. If you have an issue that you want to bring to the attention of the commissioners or just meet your district representative, this is a time to do so
Thank you for voting. God Bless America.
Nancy L. Beck