@TheWoodlandsTXDotCom : I rearranged my work commitments and attended the information meeting last night. It was quite insightful. Strangely, there was no articulated reason "for" Incorporation....just a lot of reasons not to incorporate. Gordy Bunch (Chairman of Township Board of Directors) was invited, but did not attend.
If anyone was at the meeting, you'll know who I am now, because I asked the first question from the public at the microphone.
I asked if there was any articulated reason why the proposition was put on a ballot in a non-midterm election year still reeling from the pandemic. There was none. So my default answer is "no incorporation" until I can personally determine a valid reason to incorporate. A "no" vote now still allows for a "yes" vote in future years. But a "yes" vote now is binding forever and I am not prepared for the unmitigated consequences of incorporation just yet.
I just came across the text of what Ann Snyder read during the information meeting, which was a quote from what she read just before the vote was taken to place the incorporation decision on the ballot:
Of the 7 board members who voted on whether to add Incorporation to the Nov 2nd ballot - only two voted NO - but of those two, Ann Snyder had this to say just before the vote took place:
"We have always stated as a Board that the information provided would be thorough and accurate…If we vote to become a city, it's permanent. There are no do-overs. We don't get a test drive with incorporation…The question is not whether to put incorporation on the ballot but when. There are several factors that this is not the time. First and foremost, I didn't have access to the financials until this afternoon. It's important that the residents have time to review this financial model…We have repeatedly stated we'd place incorporation on the ballot during an even-numbered year to have a large turnout. We're in a COVID resurgence. Many are struggling and their attention is on COVID…In my opinion, how can we ask the voters to accept a tax rate that we received this afternoon in the middle of a pandemic surge…This is not the right time to place incorporation on the ballot."
I think she clearly states exactly the same issues that many of us have with this vote. Thought it was interesting.