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Rural Eau Claire County voters look to educate themselves before election day


Augusta (WQOW) - Downtown decision day is less than two weeks away and some rural Eau Claire County residents wanted their questions answered.

Thursday night, the Augusta senior center organized a presentation followed by a question and answer session.

People both for and against the project were invited, Voices for Growth was the one to attend.

The woman behind the effort says she felt it was important to bring the conversation outside of Eau Claire's city limits.

"There wasn't anybody talking about the rural area at all and what about that side of it?" said Barb Pritzl Director of the Augusta Senior and Community Center. "I wasn't seeing any so I thought well who better than the Augusta senior and community center to pull it together."

About a dozen people attended the event. The spring ballot will feature two questions linked to the Confluence Project.


** Barb Pritzl issued a statement on Voters with Facts omission from the event.

"I regret that an impression may have been made that organizations that do not support the Confluence Project opted not to attend last night's meeting. I would like to clarify that the only person/organization in opposition of the project that I knew to invite was Bruce Stabenow, Eau Claire County Board 5th District Supervisor, who had voted against the County pledging $3,500,00.00 to the Project at a January 21, 2014 meeting.
On Feb 19th, Mr. Stabenow came to the Center to speak with his constituents about why he opposes having the County of Eau Claire contribute financial support for the project. Unfortunately, he was unable to attend last night's meeting.
I am glad that the Augusta Senior & Community Center was able to offer the rural residents of Eau Claire County an opportunity to hear from both Mr. Stabenow and those who support the project as well."
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