Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Infrastructure is part of our quality of life

    Schools, hospitals, roads, bridges, streets, sewer and water, Internet broadband, cell towers, dish, cable, airports and air service, trails, solar, electric and gas lines, etc. make up what we refer to as infrastructure. We pretty much take this for granted since it is part of our everyday life.  High-quality infrastructure is something we have come to expect in the valley.  
    When an economy is growing and business is good and jobs are plentiful, we don’t much notice the taxes we pay or the expenses our governments incur for things like infrastructure. But when the local economy tanks, everything seems to come under more scrutiny, and that’s a good thing. Local government is spending our tax dollars and we want to  know they are acting in our best interest.
    Nobody likes taxes, especially when times are tough. But let’s be practical.  The county road, street and bridge levy on May 20 is something we need. If we don’t fix our infrastructure now, it is only going to cost us more in a short time.  That is not in our best interest as taxpayers.  Nobody is going to bail us out;  we have to deal with the reality that things need fixing in a common-sense way and we have to step up.
    The same goes for the sewer levy in the city of Hailey. It’s time to fix our local basic infrastructure. Please go to the Hailey and Blaine County websites and get the facts before you vote on May 20 at your precinct or you can vote early at the courthouse.
Doug Brown
Wood River Economic Partnership

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