At the close of the city council meeting last week, Mayor Bill Saffo made would many could see as a pitch FOR the new bond referendum. He cited Airlie Gardens and numerous other government projects as “successful” in how they enhanced quality of life. Here’s what the StarNews had to say editorially without even mentioning the mayor’s commnts:
By law city officials cannot be cheerleaders for the bond issue. That will fall to the stadium’s private-sector supporters, who have a difficult charge at a time when voters have a tight hold on their wallets and when many are having a difficult time meeting their routine household expenses.
The StarNews might have listened to Saffo’s comments because it came awful close to cheerleading. Another difficult detail is that the Chamber of Commerce received $20k in taxpayer dollars and will be paying to advocate for the stadium. This is a THIN line ethically for them.
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