Monday, August 12, 2013

Councilman seeks input on City for Champions

Posted By on Mon, Aug 12, 2013 at 12:34 PM

click to enlarge Miller: Wants public input. - JOEL MILLER'S WEBSITE
  • Joel Miller's website
  • Miller: Wants public input.
City Councilman Joel Miller wants feedback on the City for Champions proposal to build four tourist attractions that's being promoted by Mayor Steve Bach and other community movers and shakers.

On Sunday, he created a poll on his website that invites residents to weigh in on the proposal. Find the poll here.

Miller says via e-mail:

The poll is transparent, anonymous and offers real-time results to anyone who wants to look. While I'm certain it's not completely scientific, I'm hoping the poll will give me a picture into citizens' thoughts on the proposal. I'll share the results of the poll, as well as the optional comments (minus identities of those who choose to comment) with the rest of Council. If you have a means to encourage your readers to participate, I welcome all participation. The poll is set up so that each person can vote only once.

This is refreshing, the transparency part, considering the fact that the results of Bach's poll, presumably funded at least in part with tax dollars, remain a deep dark secret.

As we wrote in May, the city claims it has only one public record that pertains to the poll, which is an e-mail containing the poll link.

On Sunday, the Gazette ran a story about the champions proposal, which seeks $82 million in state sales tax rebates, and reported it, too, is being frozen out of knowing anything about the poll. The story, by business writer Rich Laden, says: "Last month, his [Bach's] office rejected The Gazette's request under the state's open records law to see the results, saying they are 'a privileged attorney work product' that can be withheld from public view."

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