After the Washington County's General Assembly delegation reneged on a pledge to hold hearings last summer on the county's tourism-promotion effort, the City of Hagerstown spearheaded a move to get new legislation ready for the 1997.
Now the tourism board is balking, in part because members don't want to resign to let a transition team guide the reorganization. If elected officials are serious about improving this department, they'll ignore the protest and introduce legislation now.
We say that not to denigrate the work being done by those who work on the county's citizen boards, for little or no pay. But with the 135th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam coming up, this effort needs more than the promises of the current board that it will be given top-priority handling. That's because between now and September, the following tasks must be completed:
- Creation of a mechanism for tracking effectiveness of department activities, so officials can determine whether the best "bang for the buck" is obtained by handing out brochures, or through advertising and other commercial promotions.