Don't we get to vote on these issues?

March 20, 2008 12:00 am

To the editor:

We are being told that we will be paying for a new police headquarters.

We are being told that we will be paying for other people's sidewalks. We paid for our own years ago with no help from the City.

We are being told that we will be paying for sewer repair, which we have paid a dozen times over the years. Why not charge the developer? We are being bled out to pay for their profit.

We are told that they hired an economic developer at $60 an hour. The average wage around here is more like $12 an hour. Can we afford it?

We are told that the proposed new school will be put on the outskirts of town.

When are we going to stop being told and demand a chance to say what we want by voting?

Read The Oregonian, March 13, first page in the Metro section. Damascus, Ore., March 11, voted by a 70-percent majority to reduce the City Council's power. The residents will now vote on all fees and taxes including those the City passed after Jan. 1, 2006.

Are you fed up? We should have a chance to vote our say, or vote for a new form of city government. Think it over.

As an 86-year resident of Baker City, this is my complaint. Have you ever tried to talk to a City Council member? What did it get you?

Gilbert C. Jones

Baker City