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‘A Community for All’ resolution voted down by Marathon County Board

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) --- After about a year-and-a-half of meetings, debates, public comment, and over a half-dozen revisions to get to version B of the "A Community For All Resolution," the Marathon County Board voted it down.

The motion was defeated on a 18-18 tie vote.

The vote came after nearly two hours of debate and discussions amongst Marathon County Board Members.

Emotions were high throughout the room for both members of the public and board members.

Several board members expressed their perspective on why they would not support the resolution. One in particular said he didn't support it because he has to be the voice of his constituents.

"I will not support this for a number of reasons," one board member said. "Another reason I will not support it is because the people I represent, that put me in office, did not put me here because they thought I was smarter than they are, but put me here to represent them. "

Other board members spoke out against the resolution stating they have not seen any acts that would justify the need for the resolution, when the county is already accepting of everyone, from their perspective. The argument of how the word equity is used in the resolution was also stated before the board.

One member of the board that spoke in favor of the resolution said having a declaration in place could be a tool to help attract and increase diversity in the area, as well as a way to help grow local workforces.

Another supporting member said recent census data shows diverse populations continue to grow and are expected to keep growing in Marathon County.

"We can pass this resolution embracing the diversity of our community here, celebrating our rich multi-cultural heritage, and proclaiming we are a community for all and choose to move forward," the board member said. "Or we can choose to move backward and wait for the opportunity and promise to pass us by."

To view the full meeting click here.

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