The findings in our reporting were surprising. With all the debate on the Ontario sales tax, we wanted to learn about the financial crisis city officials cited while seeking millions in new tax money. I started where any citizen can go – Ontario’s city website. There, the city talked about how it had been “cutting, and cutting, and cutting.” The city said it reduced patrol officers and had no detective.
ONTARIO – Ontario city officials have overlooked a five-year drop in crime while they seek millions in new taxes they say are needed to protect the community. They said police jobs have been cut. The jobs City Manager Adam Brown and Mayor Ron Verini say were eliminated happened as long as 12 years ago. The budgeted force, however, has been stable for at least four years, according to city budgets. They also wrongly claim the city has no detective, but one is assigned to a regional drug team.
The task won’t be hard – just listening. But the results could greatly affect what you know about Malheur County. Starting this week, I’m gathering folks, about a dozen at a time, for about an hour of research. The first bunch met over coffee in Ontario, and other sessions will follow there, in Vale, and in Nyssa. What I’m after is an understanding of how the people of Malheur County keep themselves informed.
@ceckoontz Yes, local electeds do have a challenging assignment and many do well. Public officials, though, have to react to new info and not hold on for dear life to a particular line because they might have to change their minds.
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