How does a City Council meeting affect you?

How does a City Council meeting affect you?

Brooke Chapman, Adviser

On Tuesday, February 18th at 6:00 p.m. a meeting will be held at the Mountain Home City Hall that could affect you and all of the young people in our town. A proposed indoor aquatic facility, outdoor water park, and community center will be the focus of the meeting. Sounds pretty good right?  Young people in Mountain Home have been longing for more entertainment options and activities. Not to mention the obvious benefits this could provide our local schools who have swim teams with very little options for practice and no local options to host competitions.

The facility would also host basketball courts, meeting rooms a walking track and workout rooms all of which would benefit the entire community.

The downside-the cost.  According to the Baxter Bulletin “The multi-million dollar facility would require Mountain Home residents passing at least one sales tax to support the bonds the city would sell to fund the facility’s construction. Any increase to Mountain Home’s sales tax, whether to support bonds or anything else, must first be approved by the voters through an election.”

At this point, you may be saying “What can I do?  I’m not old enough to vote”. Here’s a thought-show up.  Show your support. Talk to your parents and grandparents about why this would be a good thing for our town. This is your town too, speak up about how you want Mountain Home to serve you. On Tuesday night I highly encourage students of all ages to show up at this meeting and listen to the proposal.  Speak to community members who may be opposed to a tax increase, tell them why this is important to you.  You may not have a vote but you do have a voice, use it.

For more information about the facility and the meeting see the Baxter Bulletin.