[Durham INC] what happened...
randy at 27beverly.com
Tue Jan 6 03:06:04 EST 2009
Melissa brings up another point:
>> But I do not think this museum needs any additional improvements at
>> this time, particularly a new and larger gift shop...and many Durham
>> citizens did not vote for the prepared food tax because they didn't
>> want the money used toward this end.
This brings up something that has been a topic of conversation for a
number of people; both associated with INC and outside of it. But I have
yet to hear it discussed in an open forum.
How could INC reps be bringing information back to the meetings, and vote
overwhelmingly for the Meals Tax, only to have it defeated by >73%? It
just doesn't seem like the neighborhoods and their reps are even talking
about the issues. Otherwise the INC vote wouldn't have been so positive in
favor of the tax. (I don't believe anyone voted against it when the vote
was taken). Obviously there is a problem here somewhere in the
communication paths. Otherwise you'd expect the vote to be reflected
similarly by INC as it was by the voters. Yet it was so far off, you have
to wonder why.
Or is it that only the HOA's that are members of INC truly have a
membership of ALL of their neighbors while some Associations that make up
INC have as little as 10% (or less in some cases) membership/participation
in them? For example, INC currently has Board member that has claimed to
represent a neighborhood for years. Yet, last year when I mentioned them
to the long-term President of that Association, she didn't even know them.
Maybe it's that type of lack of neighborhood conversations/involvement
that led INC to support something that clearly had little support by the
people it claims to represent. It's hard to believe that INC is that out
of touch, but the Meals Tax vote is a clear sign that something is wrong.
The last couple of years INC has moved further away from the core values
that made it work so well for so long. It has taken on some bedfellows
that perhaps it's time to kick out of bed. These are hard things to
think/talk about, but it's necessary if votes are to be taken on issues
that clearly the community INC purports to represent believes the exact
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