We hope each of you are able to enjoy Father’s Day this Sunday, maybe go play some catch or go fishing or something. Maybe just kick back and watch some sports on the tube. Either way, enjoy.
Next Tuesday is the run-off election, in this county for the Republican nominee for sheriff who will run against the independant and Democratic candidate in November.
This, of course, matters. You, of course, should vote. (Note at this point we are not naming candidates. We’re very careful about that, as even the order in which we put names could be taken to be our speaking in favor of one candidate or another. It is, again, the editorial position of this newspaper not to endorse a given candidate. Also “Regnat Populus” is the state motto, but now we’re just showing off.)
It is a small, quiet, piece, but note that Fairfield Bay through its Economic Development continues to work toward getting a wet/dry vote on the ballot in 2020.
Again we are in favor of “wet.” We state this for a number of reasons, the primary one being the tax revenue, heck, just the tax revenue from being able to sell beer during the Chuckwagon Races, would make a significant impact.
And an aside here that it’s not like revenue is climbing out of the woodwork these days, and expenses keeping getting higher for operating a county (and its cities). What light industry which once existed in the area has gone, swept up as a country moves to a service economy, and health insurance, a big impact on county budget last year, has the promise of going up again in the coming year, with further budget pressures.
And oh yes, we know, and we don’t like drunk drivers either. But as long as the nearest liquor store is have-to-drive distance from the county, is it not safer to have alcohol within walking distance, as compared to down the end of some twisty two-lane?
Finally, right now it appears the best shot for the county to get some more money coming in is to take advantage of its resources as a tourist destination. For that matter witness what’s happening in Fairfield Bay which made that its focus - focus - back in 2011 and is beginning to see light in that tunnel with the recent hotel groundbreaking. And if you want to be a tourist destination, well, tourists like to have a cocktail.
They’re on vacation, why not?
Realizing that this pronouncement of pro-wet will cause some pearl-clutching, please realize further that it is not about you, or us, but about the economics of a county, the county, our county. If you’ve got a better idea (not a wish, not something you want someone else to do, but an actionable idea) by all means, hop to it. We will support you in this endeavor as well, decidedly.
But in the meantime, as we attending meeting after meeting where funding pressures continue to be the limiting factor, we encourage the county to go wet and get some cash going in here.
Proverbs 31: 1-9 (NIV)
Sayings of King Lemuel
1 The sayings of King Lemuel—an inspired utterance his mother taught him. 2 Listen, my son! Listen, son of my womb! Listen, my son, the answer to my prayers! 3 Do not spend your strength on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings. 4 It is not for kings, Lemuel— it is not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer, 5 lest they drink and forget what has been decreed, and deprive all the oppressed of their rights. 6 Let beer be for those who are perishing, wine for those who are in anguish! 7 Let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more. 8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. 9 Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.