I’ve noticed a recurring theme among the boards and councils that I cover as part of my job at the Times Citizen.

For the most part, our local elected officials make decisions based on the information provided to them by engineers, account-ants, department heads, educators and other professionals. They look to the experts for advice, they ask questions, and they act on the information they receive. But from time to time, there are decisions to be made and the answer can’t be based on data or re-search. It’s a question of personal preference. Or, in the case of these boards, community preference.

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