Ontario Town Hall draws big crowd, hard questions

Audience members listen during a Town Hall session at Four Rivers Cultural Center on the city's proposed 1 percent sales tax Thursday night. (The Enterprise/John L. Braese).

ONTARIO – A 1 percent sales tax will produce a safer community and be a down payment for future prosperity, two top Ontario officials said Thursday night during a Town Hall sponsored by the Malheur Enterprise.

But if the proposed levy is voted down, Ontario Mayor Ron Verini said he would push for a $9 fee to be added to water bills to . . .