I had sent an email to Mayor Scott Dudley expressing my concern about the proposed art work. Your article says the art work will be paid out of a utility tax, which infuriated me and apparently a lot of Oak Harbor citizens.
I was surprised and delighted when I received a phone call from Mayor Dudley on Sunday afternoon responding to my email.
Your paper is technically correct in that the art work is paid out of a utility tax but the way it works is like this, there is a 6 1/4 percent tax on utilities and the 1/4 percent is money that is set aside for the arts commission.
This was put into place sometime ago and I have to admit I should have been better informed but, nonetheless, the arts commission already has your money.
So the question now is as citizens do we want to change this? I would encourage you to think about that.
As it is we really do not have a say into what art is brought into Oak Harbor.
By calling me on a Sunday afternoon I believe it shows Mayor Dudley cares deeply about Oak Harbor and at the reckless way money was spent in the past.
As citizens we can change that.