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Crackerbarrel brings residents closer to their area legislators

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Clay County residents will have an opportunity to speak with and discuss concerns with at least five state legislators Saturday.

The first Crackerbarrel is scheduled to take place Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon at the Jackson Township Firehouse, located at the intersection of County Roads 600 N. and 200 E. The event is co-sponsored by Clay County Farm Bureau and the Clay County Chamber of Commerce.

"It just brings people closer to the legislators," Clay County Farm Bureau Director David Schopmeyer said. "They are very important to the public. A lot of people don't know what is going on."

Schopmeyer said the current legislative session is short and is scheduled to officially end March 15.

"Generally, in a long session, (Clay County has) three Crackerbarrels," Schopemeyer said. "In a short session, we have two, but that can vary."

Current Clay County Chamber of Commerce President Ted Paris echoed Schopemeyer's sentiments, stating the Crackerbarrels are integral.

"The purpose of the Crackerbarrel is for the people to bring up their concerns," Paris said. "It's amazing how few people talk to their legislators. That carries weight, so I think it's very important."

Both Schopmeyer and Paris said property taxes are expected to be a hot-button topic at Saturday's event.

"But there's more than just property taxes to be discussed," Paris added.

Both also expect to have a good crowd Saturday.

"We'll cross our fingers and hope for the best," Schopmeyer said, adding that residents have come in volumes at past events.

"I think that, in the past, the turnout has been, I would say good, but not spectacular," Paris added.

Legislators expected to attend Saturday's Crackerbarrel include State Senators Richard Bray and John Waterman along with State Representatives Vern Tincher, Clyde Kersey and Amos Thomas.

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