To the editor:
"You're hesitant to do a referendum because you're concerned about what people will tell you." So said an unmoved Rep. John Nygren to school superintendents last week when they were begging for more school funding for their crumbling public schools. "You can always do a referendum," he added.
I redirect his words to the Oconto County Board regarding the proposed new jail.
Tom Kepla of Sobieski says, "It's the board's job to make the decision." Seriously? We have six votes out of 31 in the northern part of the County, yet we pick up the biggest chunk of the county's tab and send the fewest inmates to Oconto. We want and we deserve a say in the matter.
If the Board uses the bonding loophole to do an end-around to thwart the will of voters and spends $25 to 30 million without a referendum, there will be a huge backlash by angry voters, especially those of us in your cash cow northern townships.
Wouldn't you think County leaders would want to find out what the (mostly Republican) voters here in "bright red" Oconto Country think about increased government spending, raising taxes and using what-ifs and hazy projections to justify their position?
They have not convinced anyone other than their inner circle that we need to build a new jail when other less expensive ways to proceed lie unexamined.
Maybe Nygren put his finger on it. They are hesitant to do a referendum because they're concerned about what people will tell them.