(Insert Your Group) Supports LevyOctober 31st, 2007 by Steven Gardner
Are “joiners” more likely to support tax levies than those who shy away from civic organizations?
I saw this today on the Manette Neighborhood Coalition site.
The Manette Coalition Board of Directors has unanimously endorsed the Neighborhoods Now! Levy.
We believe in supporting measures that promote parks that we can walk to from our homes. An investment in maintaining and retaining open spaces in our neighborhoods fits with our core values. The Neighborhoods Now! Levy is affordable, has a time limit (6 years) and will benefit all citizens of Bremerton; many of our parks are in dire need of revitalizatioon.
As an autonmous neighborhood organization, we have become more involved in attending city council and park commission meetings. The process has been enlightening and interesting. We may not always support everything coming out of city hall, but this is one measure that is highly beneficial and gives great value for a very small personal investment. Please mark your ballot “YES” on proposition 1.
If I lick my finger and put it in the air, I can’t tell you which way the wind is blowing on Bremerton’s Proposition 1. I’ve heard lots of support from different groups. Supporters canvassed the city’s likely voters and have planted signs around town.
Bremerton City Councilman Cecil McConnell and council candidates Roy Runyon and Cassandra Helmrick have all said they planned to vote against it, but I’ve heard of no organized opposition actively campaigning against it.
There was a group or two organized against the ferry measure, but I believe if you were to take chambers of commerce and other like organizations, including newspapers, and line them up next to organizations that opposed the ferry item, the pro list would be much longer. And yet the ferry measure lost by a large margin.
So if I’m right, why is it that civic groups generally support tax and other measures. Secondly, why are they so often on the losing side of the ballot?