Wanted: Participants for town hall
Members of the community will be asked for their thoughts on the government's spending of tax dollars in nongovernment areas at the upcoming Yuma County Town Hall.
"Public Spending: A Private Affair" is the topic for the town hall May 1-3 at the Bluewater Resort and Casino in Parker.
Participants are still being sought for the town hall to provide input and insight into these and other issues. Although requests to participate will be accepted until the last minute, town hall organizers say hotel reservations are needed by April 10.
The Yuma County Town Hall seeks to bring together a cross- section of participants representing the citizens of Yuma, and should include men and women of all ages, races, ethnic groups, income and education levels, trades and professions.
Among the issues to be discussed this year include the following:
*Should government offer cash incentives or tax breaks to private companies to attract them to a local area?
*Is charitable giving a part of responsible government?
*Should public money support arts and culture projects?
*How to determine which pet projects are worthy of government support
*What are not valid uses for public funds?
*Who should determine where public money goes?
*Is more taxation needed or should projects be cut?
The research document for this year's event is being provided by Howard Blitz and the Freedom Library.
This year's steering committee includes Chairman Rob Filbey, Ema Lea Shoop, Betty Winton, Jerry Paulin, Madeleine Coil, Maggie Elmer, Ralph Williams, Christy Isbell, Dunbar Norton and Ken Rosevear.
For more information about the town hall or to register, visit www.yumatownhall.com. Or call Winton at 329-4409 or Shoop at 344-2973.
To book a room, call toll free 1-888-243-3360. Ask for a room for the Yuma County Town Hall.