I could not attend last night's public budget hearing as I'm fighting a sinus infection. I was able to watch the first 50 minutes on public access before it was cut off. When the camera panned around the room a few times, it looked as if public attendance was scarce.
According to Luther Trumelle's article in the NHR today, it appears that the meeting drew about 20 citizens?
Based on some of the arguments in this blog I expected a packed room last night.
What does last night's showing indicate?
In the article, "Ruocco said he was surprised that there wasn’t much public comment. “Maybe it’s because the public expects us to do our job,”
With the lack of attendance (on both sides of the debate) last night...I have to wonder if perhaps Tom Ruocco is right?
Or perhaps folks are simply fed up and have lost interest in the process?
FWIW, I think Michael Milone has done a good job of explaining the budget throughout the various workshop meetings as well as last night's presentation. Except for one area which is how much (if any) of the Rainy Day Fund a.k.a Fund Balance is being used in his proposal.