BMS ED Response to Monday Night's City Council Vote

July 30, 2020

WHAT LAST NIGHT'S CITY COUNCIL VOTE MEANS TO US:

Obviously we're disappointed.  To say less would be disingenuous as well as demeaning to those of you who've joined our movement and spent your time, talent, and treasure alongside us.

We believed our successes brought about by so many brilliant members of our community would mean our city would believe with us and continue their partnership. It didn't happen.

But be assured we are not going anywhere.

Five people hold the pursestrings to your taxes and by majority vote chose not to invest in us in 2021.  But you - the people - (residents, business owners, property owners, and lovers of Brooksville) will not lose this movement that means so much to so many.  But we will need your help - come to our Community Squad Open House on August 6 to find out  ways you can get involved!

We are grateful to our County government who has been so supportive at every step since BMS started.  Even when their budget issues last year meant they had to cut back cash funding, they've been by our side at all times, figuring out ways to contribute.  Recent examples: helping us provide outdoor seating for restaurants, lending parking spaces so restaurants could create outdoor seating, providing advice on projects and plans, administering CARES funding to our businesses, providing beautiful and inexpensive office space with County Tourism so we can further collaborate, and saying 'yes' to a new mural that will foster love for the arts in our children.  They see the vision and are helping make it happen and we couldn't be more honored by their support.

So now what?

Will we need to make adjustments to our plan after last night's City Council vote? Yes.  Will our progress timeline be impeded?  Most likely.  But does our end goal remain the same?  Yes.  We are still committed to making Brooksville its best version of itself and making it somewhere people of all ages and walks of life want to call home.  We will win this battle for the heart and prosperity of our community. It's a battle we the people cannot afford to lose.

Natalie Kahler
Executive Director
Brooksville Main Street

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