Tonight's was a very good conversation between the board and community members with questions and concerns. Following the meeting, I had a further conversation with two of those in attendance who said that the information they received had convinced them to support the measure. One of those also shared his concern that we did not do a good job of getting this type of information to community members. I struggled with that comment and shared with him that tonight's meeting of about fifteen had more people attend than any of the other three meetings and may in fact have been about the same as the other three combined.
We want and need people to have accurate information as they make this decision and we try to find vehicles for this to happen. Yet, we also continue to get feedback from some that they didn't know there was a bond measure and we need to do a better job of informing the public. We try, but it has historically proven difficult for us to find a venue where significant numbers from our community turn out for these well publicized opportunities.
Though ballots have been mailed and many have already voted, this evening's meeting demonstrated that there are still voters needing questions answered and additional information to make a decision. Please consider this as you engage with people in the community and decide what can be done before the November 5th deadline for posting ballots.