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EDITORIAL: Ontario Recreation District initiative jumps first hurdle with more to come

The creation of a recreation district offers great promise to the community. This isn’t a done deal, with a public vote now set for November. In the months ahead, supporters will have to sharpen their plans and recruit people for the board of what could be Malheur County’s newest government agency. 

The Malheur County Court last week made the right decision in pushing the green button to allow a public vote. On the ballot will be whether to form the Ontario Recreation District and tax property owners to fund it. 

As we’ve noted before, this idea isn’t something cooked up by government. This was born by the participation of citizens who saw a need. Ontario city officials decided they could no longer operate a recreation department as money tightens. They will keep their operation on financial life . . .