Local Issues Public Policy Task Force
In order to assist the Chamber’s Board of Directors in establishing policy positions on local issues, the Chamber established the Local Issues Public Policy Task Force in 2004. The 30-member appointed task force formally reviews upcoming local election issues, considering the business and community impact of each proposal. Gary Powell, Husch Blackwell Sanders LLP, currently chairs the committee.
The task force formally reviews ballot issues that have the potential to impact the business community. Organizations that are supportive of a ballot measure have the opportunity to present to the task force along with any known organized opposition. After review, the task force recommends to the Chamber Board of Directors that the Chamber should endorse, oppose or remain neutral on the issue. The final decision regarding the Chamber’s position is determined by the board.
When reviewing public policy issues, the task force considers responses to key questions to evaluate ballot issue proposals:
- Please provide an overview of the proposed ballot issue, highlighting the benefits for the community.
- Please provide a current budget or financial overview (of the project or operation related to this issue) and a detailed budget showing the impact of the expected proceeds, should the proposed ballot issue pass.
- If approved by voters, how will this issue impact business and economic development in our area?
- If approved by voters, how will this issue impact our community’s quality of life?
- If approved, how will the city/county sales tax compare to surrounding communities? (if applicable)
- If approved, how will the school district levy compare to surrounding districts? (if applicable)
- What is the cost to businesses?
- What is the cost to residents?
- What is the organization’s record of accountability with previous tax revenues?
- Is this proposal specific?
- Does it have a sunset clause or other accountability measures?
- What other alternatives to this proposal have been considered?
- How have other communities dealt with this issue?
- What are the consequences if voters do not approve this proposal?