Opinion: Press pause on the non-essentials

SpringsTaxpayers.com: What decisions should local government make in the coming weeks, and what should they hold over for a while?

The world has been thrown a curve ball with the global pandemic of COVID-19. Within a very short time, we’ve traveled into unfamiliar and uncertain territory. COVID-19 has derailed life for the majority. Many are scrambling to find that last roll of toilet paper or last bottle of hand sanitizer at Walmart or Costco. Priorities have shifted and the focus has turned inward as we look for household supplies, figure out childcare, or face the possibility of decreased income or even unemployment. We are juggling our new circumstances and routines. SpringsTaxpayers.com is optimistic about the future, but we understand the stress our community is facing.

Citizen engagement is critical to government officials who make decisions that affect all of us. At this moment, everyday citizens aren’t paying attention to the meetings being held and decisions being made by city and county politicians. While we appreciate discussions among local elected officials and bureaucrats to consider other means of public testimony, most people don’t have the bandwidth to deal with this pandemic, and pay attention to local government meetings.

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