Friday, August 5, 2005

Hailey to hold town meeting

Discussion will address growth, funding and decline in city services

Express Staff Writer

Residents of Hailey will be able to share ideas on important civic issues with city officials next week during a "town hall" meeting.

The meeting will be held Thursday, Aug. 11, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Wood River Middle School auditorium. It will be the second of its type since Mayor Susan McBryant took office in late 2002.

After an introduction by McBryant, the meeting will address growth, funding and decline in city services, as well as the possibility of a local option tax to address those problems.

The city is finding itself squeezed between fast population growth and a state-mandated cap on budget increases. Areas of concern include policing, fire fighting and its impact on home insurance rates, snow removal, street maintenance, efficiency in granting building permits, park maintenance and library expansion.

Later in the meeting, officials will address traffic issues, including a year-long local traffic study conducted through the Idaho Transportation Department, and airport relocation.

People will also have the chance to raise issues not on the agenda.

In addition to city officials and staff, the meeting will be attended by representatives from the ITD, Friedman Airport and citizens' local option tax committee.

The Wood River High School auditorium is most accessible from the north side of the school.

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