A special forum/panel discussion, on the upcoming referenda and meals tax, will take place on October 30 at the Chester Library meeting room.
The forum, presented by the Chester Community Association (CCA), will be formatted with four panel members, two favoring the referenda and meals tax and two against the items that will be on the election-day ballot – November 5.
One member of Chesterfield’s administration or school staff will present the basic facts of the three ballot items:
- Whether to issue $304 million in bonds to support school facility improvements, headlined by the renovation or replacement of 10 older schools and the addition of one new elementary school.
- Whether to issue $49 million in bonds to provide for the replacement of the county’s emergency communications system.
- Whether to establish a local meals tax in order to help finance the public safety and school construction improvements in the referendum.
The introduction by the county staff member be allowed five minutes and each of the four panelists will take five minutes to state their opinion. The rest of the one–hour meeting will consist of questions from the audience.
The CCA expects this will be one of the last and best times to get the facts in order to cut through the hype and make an educated vote on November 5.