Someone reminded me that I left everyone hanging on a story I posted earlier this month (after the passage of the Searcy bypass tax, which has now been proclaimed as a ‘mandate’ for more taxes in Searcy…go figure). Apologies for the delay, but I really couldn’t care less about politics during the holidays. Anyway, I promised to tell you more about a brief conversation I had with Mayor Morris at the courthouse on election night.
It was a short conversation, but the mayor invited me to come back by city hall and visit with him after the first of the year about his agenda going forward (I say ‘back’ because I previously met with him in September of this year to talk about the city budget, bypass tax, etc.).
I also took the opportunity to ask the mayor if he had given any more thought to my suggestion that the city setup a website to track the collections & spending of every penny of the bypass tax money. The mayor told me,
We are going to do that. We are going to put it all online.
So, now it’s on the record and I am very anxious see this project take off when the collections start in April. This is a great way to instate some transparency in city operations and create some trust between the taxed and the taxers.
I am looking forward to meeting with the mayor after the first of the year. Perhaps we can do some video interviews.
Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had a merry Christmas. Enjoy this next weekend of holidays and get some rest. We have a lot of work to do in 2012.