Remarks by Bill Davitt to the Wichita City Council, December 16, 2008.
My name is William Davitt of Wichita.
President Harry Truman said “Secrecy and a free, democratic government don’t mix.”
Another wise man said “Secrecy is the great friend of tyranny. And secrecy in government is the beginning of tyranny.”
Thomas Jefferson said “The basis of our government is the opinion of the people.”
Please schedule a new and open public hearing before implementing the Center City Redevelopment TIF district that was approved by the mayor and council on Ddecember 2, 2008. And this time give the people of Wichita plenty of advance notice that the hearing is going to take place … so that they can come here and express their opinion.
You and I don’t want secrecy in our Wichita city government so it gets the reputation of corruption like they have up in Chicago. You can I don’t want that.