No actions taken at retreats

Published: Tuesday, January 14, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 14, 2003 at 1:38 a.m.

An article (Jan. 11) on the Alachua County Commission's annual planning retreat contained the statment that "Commissioners Cynthia Chestnut, Penny Wheat, Mike Byerly, and (Rodney) Long indicated they would support the placement of a 1-percent sales tax referendum, possibly on the fall 2004 ballot."

This statement is inaccurate. This issue was one of the many raised by members of the commission or county staff during the course of the day.

The purpose of the retreat is to allow for an informal, open and free-ranging discussion of government issues and policy options so the commission can organize its priorities for the coming year. No formal actions are taken at these retreats.

My willingness to discuss the concept of a sales tax referendum does not indicate my support, nor does it indicate my oppostion.

It would be irresponsible to take a formal position on any issue before absorbing all available information, and no deatails regardins a referendum exist.

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