Proposed rec district plan moves ahead

A plan to let voters decide on an independent recreation district for Ontario in November leaped forward Wednesday after the county court verified the required number of signatures to place the initiative on the ballot had been collected. (The Enterprise/File).

VALE – The Malheur County Court confirmed Wednesday it will move forward with a plan to place a ballot measure for an independent recreation district in Ontario before voters in November.

Mary Jo Evers, the Ontario woman spearheading the effort, collected 1,280 verified signatures – 30 more than required.

Evers, who is the finance director of the Ontario School District, became involved after she learned Ontario budget woes meant elimination of the city recreation department. The city agreed to fund the department – which fields a variety of sports teams for area youth – until December.

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