We learned the other day that county commissioners and city council have agreed to each spend $50,000 of our money to send a delegation to South by Southwest.
The wikipedia article about South by Southwest reads:
South by Southwest (abbreviated as SXSW and colloquially referred to as South By) is an annual conglomerate of film, interactive media, and music festivals and conferences that take place in mid-March in Austin, Texas, United States. It began in 1987, and has continued to grow in both scope and size every year. In 2017, the conference lasted for 10 days with SXSW interactive lasting for five days, music for seven days and film running concurrently for nine days. Comedy and gaming components to the festival are particularly fast-growing.
The city and the county evidently feel that our attendance will be good for the community. Maybe it will.
The city and county attended last year.
Did our community get any positive benefit from their attendance last year or is this really an opportunity for our employees to have a party?
We deserve better