Ontario leaders float plan to help local kids save for further education

Ontario City Councilor Ken Hart makes a point in a council meeting in 2021. (Enterprise file photo)

ONTARIO – A trio of community leaders is proposing that the city of Ontario put $100 apiece into a special savings account for 1,000 local kids to use for college or other post-high school education.

They pitched their idea to the Ontario City Council on Tuesday, urging councilors to use extra marijuana sales tax money to fund “Ontario Promise.” The council isn’t expected to take formal action until later in the month.

The idea was crafted by Council President Ken Hart, Mayor Riley Hill and Tom Greco, a local pastor and chair of the Ontario School Board.

“This would be a way for us to really invest in our kids and show folks we care about . . .