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Letters, May 15

Please support the facilities bond

If you have not already done so, I am asking you to please join me in voting in favor of Ashland’s Capital Needs and Facilities Bond measure and support the rehabilitation of City Hall, the Community Center and Pioneer Hall. All three facilities represent the basic fabric of our town.

The Community Center and Pioneer Hall, both built close to a century ago, have facilitated community events and citizen activities for decades. These facilities represent meeting space for local citizen groups, rental space for social events and a space for volunteer groups to engage in civic activities.

Along with our City Hall, these building were dedicated to our city and invested in by past generations of Ashlanders who understood the importance of providing community locations to conduct city business and social activities. Please do not lose sight of the importance of these buildings.

Yes, past generations did their part to support and sustain this town by endorsing and voting for bonds to build and maintain facilities similar to the buildings included in this bond measure. It is now our turn to insure that future generations have the city facilities that they will need. Please vote yes for the Capital Needs and Facilities Bond.

Mike Gardiner

Ashland

ACES restates stance

As decision day nears on the proposed Ashland $8.2 million City Hall reconstruction bond, I’d like to restate the view of Ashland Citizens for Economic Sustainability .

First, we support updates to City Hall, Pioneer Hall and the Community Center, but strongly believe this bond is inflated and comes at a bad time. The city’s budget is running a huge deficit while many individuals and businesses in our community are hurting and could benefit from local government support.

As our signs say, “Wrong Time; Wrong Price.”

If this bond is defeated as I hope it will be, the challenge for Ashlanders with differing views will be to come together on how, when and what to move forward on during these difficult days.

ACES favors the prioritizing of city spending. There are essential services that must be continued — public safety, utilities, some but not all park and recreation programs. There are also places where cuts can and must be made — administrative overhead in general, community and economic development, grants to private organizations, some parks and recreation programs.

Where can money be saved? The obvious target is personnel costs, both salaries and benefits, averaging over $140,000 annually per employee over this biennium.

Where should money be spent beyond essential services? First priority should be providing aid to people and businesses struggling from the economic lockdown, as we outlined to the council two weeks ago. Second would be repair projects to essential city facilities.

Let’s do what’s right for all Ashlanders.

Susan T. Wilson

Ashland

Vote ASAP!

I like to wait until the last minute.

For years now, I’ve deposited my ballot on election day at the Ashland library. New information inevitably comes in regarding candidates and measures right up until the final bell. I feel like I’m a more responsible and informed voter by procrastinating. I like to ponder.

Every election I feel pressured by the county clerk, my political party and others to vote early. I’ll be voting promptly on Tuesday at approximately 7:45 pm.

Pete Toogood

Ashland

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