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Penny for Pasco campaign gears up



With the August primary election out of the way, Pasco school district, county government and community leaders are gearing up to convince voters of the value of another round of a 1 percent local sales tax to support construction projects.

A strong online presence is part of the effort.

The Penny for Pasco campaign includes a website, Twitter feed, Facebook page, YouTube account and informational pages on the school district and county government websites. But face-to-face interactions are getting equal play.

Voters will hear educational information from school and county officials, as well as advocacy from the civic supporters whose hands aren't tied in terms of urging support of the tax renewal. Speakers will be at SAC meetings, Rotary Club events and pretty much any activity where a crowd might gather, to provide details about the referendum, which appears on the Nov. 6 ballot.

"We've definitely started the push," said Diane Jones, a former county spokeswoman who's advising the campaign.

A key part of the message is that the first round of the Penny for Pasco kept its promises, in terms of the many projects pledged and completed within budget. But more work remains, they say, and another 10 years with the tax could generate millions of dollars to get it done.

If there's an anti-tax movement, it's been muted so far. Little organized opposition is expected, even among those who vocally fought the referendum when it first passed nearly a decade ago. What are your thoughts about the Penny for Pasco? Does it deserve an extension?

[Last modified: Thursday, August 23, 2012 3:04pm]


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