Sales tax voters will chart Ontario’s future

Ontario’s future will be charted by what voters decide on the city’s proposed sales tax. The debate has been clouded for weeks by sometimes excessive rhetoric. Voters should now judge for themselves: What would Ontario look like with and without money from a sales tax?

Ontario sits at a significant junction in its history. It remains one of the most impoverished communities in Oregon. Its housing stock is anemic, leaving people few choices. It’s the industrial heart of Malheur County yet some of its largest employers can’t find enough employees. Streets are degrading, the swimming pool is a shuttered hulk, and downtown struggles to keep a sense of vibrancy.

Opportunity is there, though. Economic projects in the works could bring new industry and employers to Ontario and the area. The city and other entities are getting state money to . . .