We’re a little conflicted on the news this week that the Ocean View Town Council would be sending out surveys to residents regarding the town’s current financial situation.
Make no mistake about it — we are all in favor of town officials soliciting input from its residents, and using that information to improve the quality of life for the entire town. That being said, we’re a little bit concerned when there are questions regarding the accuracy of the numbers, as well as input from citizens at Tuesday’s town council meeting who thought the form was a little confusing.
We do applaud the current town council for making efforts in allowing the public a broader platform than previously enjoyed. There is now a set time at meetings for residents to speak their mind, and this effort to provide residents a survey is another example that they are not just sitting in the ivory tower and making uninformed decisions.
But when the town council sends out literature for the town to make informed decisions, we would assume that all the council members at least agree that the information being presented is accurate. This is about raw numbers, and those things should be accurate as much as any information available.
“The questions raise questions,” said Mayor Gordon Wood, who did vote to send the survey, but asked for a few days to look at the questions more closely, and suggested a “comment” area for residents to write their thoughts and suggestions.
That sounds reasonable enough.
We do not want this sounding like we’re opposed to the survey. Actually, we’re generally excited that the town has an interest in reaching out to its residents, and we can’t express enough how happy we are that they are taking this step.
We just want something like this to be universally accepted by the entire town council, and for there to be no questioning the accuracy of the numbers being presented.