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Public no show at road tax forums
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What if the city decided to propose a city-wide road tax and no one really cared?

That could be the feeling the Turlock City Council is getting after the second community forum to discuss the tax and other city issues drew only a sparse crowd of concerned citizens.

Just a little more than a dozen people attended Thursday night’s meeting at Westside Ministries, where the questions raised ranged from how a road tax would be funded to when the new public safety facility would be completed.

The purpose of the community forums has been to gain public input about a potential road tax and which funding option would have the most community support. However, the lack of community input has made it difficult to gauge where public opinion lies.

“How do we get more people here, because what is being discussed is really critically important,” said Realtor Bob Endsley, who attended Thursday night’s meeting.

The first community forum was held April 30 at Dutcher Middle School and drew about a dozen people.

The next community forum is scheduled for 6 p.m. May 30 at the Senior Citizen’s Center at 1191 Cahill.

In the meantime, the City Council will be holding their regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall. The Council will be discussing whether an increase to the cap of 200 beds at the emergency shelter is required and will receive information on the fiscal year 2013-14 budget.