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Elected officials need to show up

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By The Staff

Seems that when we elect public officials to serve our interests, they should at least make an attempt to do so.

For the third time this year, several Campbellsville City Council members have not shown up for a significant vote.

At last week's Council meeting, during which the annual property tax rate was set, Members Sharon Hoskins, Paul Harmon, Stan McKinney, Randy Herron and Sue Smith voted to keep the same rate as last year. Council Members Richard Jeter and Vangie Ford cast the lone "no" votes.

They showed up and they voted, whether you agree with their vote or not.

However, Council Members David Nunery, Patti Phillips and Mike Hall Jr. did not attend the meeting, and Terry Keltner and Jimmy Ewing did not arrive until after the vote was over.

The meeting lasted less than 20 minutes.

Earlier this year, at the meeting when final approval was given to a citywide smoking ban, Phillips was absent and Hoskins chose not to vote.

At yet another meeting, scheduled for final approval of a proposed 1 percent occupational tax, Phillips, Ford, Keltner and Hall were absent.

At a later meeting when final approval was actually given, Hoskins, Ford and Harmon were absent.

Perhaps we need to look at the absences of elected officials when it comes time to make important decisions - and vote accordingly in the next election.

That or not pay them their salary for the month.

We realize that sometimes life gets in the way of serving the public, but when our elected officials know there is a vote to be cast that impacts their constituents, they should make an extra effort to be present.

Last week, Campbellsville Mayor Brenda Allen had proposed increasing rates by 4 percent to .196, which would have produced about $32,200 more than last year's revenue. That much of an increase is allowed by law each year, without voter recall.

It was probably a good idea to hold the line on taxes, if for no other reason than the occupational tax enacted earlier this year.

Wonder who will show up at the second reading of the rates on Tuesday, Sept. 8?