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Home arrow Opinion arrow Our View arrow HERE'S SEVERAL WAYS TO SERVE COMMUNITY



The disconnect between citizens and government seems to be growing at an alarming rate. Many people today believe that less government is better government, without fully realizing that providing human services, infrastructure, public safety and numerous services are the primary functions of government. It takes tax dollars to make sure the services can be provided, and it takes citizen involvement to provide the oversight to ensure those tax dollars are being spent responsibly.

Citizen involvement and oversight is at the core of local government, and all local governments offer plenty of opportunities to get involved. The City of

La Grande, for instance, is in the process of seeking applications from citizens interested in serving on various boards and commissions. Twenty-five positions must be filled.

Citizens interested in how the city budgets and spends its tax dollars might be interested in serving on La Grande's budget committee. Three positions need to be filled.

If that doesn't strike your fancy, the city will appoint a representative to the Union County Economic Development Corporation board and one to the Union County Tourism board. Other vacancies exist on the Air Quality Commission (2); Community Landscape and Forestry (5); Arts (3); Landmarks (2); Library (2); Parking, Traffic Safety and Street Maintenance (3); and Parks and Recreation (3).

The number of positions available represent a wide spectrum of interest areas and a huge opportunity for citizens to get involved in their local government.

Applications are due at City Hall by Dec. 1. The city council will make appointments at its Dec. 10 meeting. Forms are available from the city recorder's office at City Hall or from the city's Web site, www.ci.la-grande.or.us. Applications obtained from the Web site still must be mailed, faxed or hand-delivered.

Local government depends on citizen involvement. And here are numerous excellent ways to get involved.


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