This is the scathing letter that Lebanon Mayor Amy Brewer, Vice Mayor Mark Messer and Councilman Doug Shope sent to Gov. Mike DeWine expressing their outrage about the vaccine lottery. The letter was posted to social media pages where it has received a large amount of support. CONTRIBUTED/MAYOR AMY BREWER
Dan Tierney, DeWine’s press secretary, had no comment late Friday afternoon on the Lebanon leaders letter as he was not aware if DeWine’s office had received it.
While the three elected leaders used their official titles in the letter, Brewer said they were not speaking on behalf of the city or Lebanon City Council.
On social media, Brewer’s position has received support by some but with others calling her views “short-sighted.”
The plan to give away $5 million as well as four-year, full-ride college scholarship to a state college or university is being funded using federal COVID-19 funds.
“We took a stand for responsible use of taxpayers dollars,” Brewer said. “There are too many elected officials who don’t take a stand and just ride the fence and worry about re-election.”
Brewer has been on Lebanon council for 30 years with the last 20 years as mayor. She said DeWine wanted to act immediately and took a stand without contacting local officials for feedback on the proposed vaccine lottery plan.
“It’s really disgusting,” Brewer said. “This is an obscene us of our tax dollars that could be used for other things. I’m tired of politicians sitting back and saying nothing.”