Re: “Council puts off decision on later start for meetings” (TNT, 3-26).
The Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington says, “Public hearings . . . assure, at a minimum, the rights of interested citizen to attend and/or testify. . . . Scheduling convenient times and providing comfortable settings encourages participation.”
Public oversight of our representatives’ spending decisions keeps those representatives accountable and helps ensure taxpayers’ money is not wasted on things the public does not want or need. Only seven of 50 Pierce County Council meetings per year are held after 5 p.m., so most citizens are prevented …