No comments please

Our post the other day about the city council agenda item that introduced the proposed 2017 tax ordinance included these words from the agenda:

Public comment typically is not taken during the first reading of ordinances. Public comments are invited at the date of the scheduled public hearing.

Shame on them

There are many things wrong with their statement.

When does “typically” apply?  Do they encourage public comment when they need support?  Should council be able to choose when they hear comments about proposed ordinances?

Shouldn’t our elected officials encourage public involvement?

What moral right do they have to stop us from commenting?

Do we have to be invited to speak?

Their statement is an attempt to brow-beat citizens and discourage them from participating.  By discouraging public comment when the ordinance is first introduced they make it more difficult to bring forward suggested modifications at the “final” reading.

Council and city staff evidently feel that their time is too valuable to be wasted listening to the citizens.

We deserve better

Brutus

4 Responses to No comments please

  1. Chano says:

    You complain on not being able to comment but when there is a chance do you really?

    Also notice you run the City and EPISD thru the ringer but you give the County a pass – why is that?

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  2. Anonymous says:

    100% in agreement!

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  3. Anonymous says:

    These people are overly impressed by their attitude of importance. So no they don’t have time to hear the “opinions” of “stupid, ignorant peons, who have no idea what City Council, other politicians do in the “jobs” they have”. This is just the Democrat “empire”, attitude they have here. If THEY want to know what WE think, THEY will tell US what WE think.

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  4. Haiduc says:

    Even if you make the effort to show up; you only have 3 minutes to express your concern. That said, not sure they listen. Leaders know best.

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