Profiles of the Williams City Council candidates appeared alphabetically in the last three editions of the News. The News profiles local candidates during each election as a service to our readers. We want you to become familiar with each candidate so you can make an informed decision at the polls. One candidate pointed out that perhaps the articles should have appeared sooner since some individuals chose to vote early by mail or at city hall. That candidate has a valid point and we will consider this when we profile other candidates during future elections.
Unfortunately, the profiles of the candidates that appeared in the News were the only opportunities for many voters to meet the candidates. In the past, public forums have been sponsored by various organizations in Williams prior to elections. During the public forums, voters have the chance to ask their own questions of the candidates. No organization stepped forward to host such a forum during this election.
On the other hand, WHCC Clinic Manager Cindy Christman did an outstanding job of informing area residents about the continuation of the secondary property tax appearing on the ballot. Christman wrote a guest column for the News and presented the facts at the Williams Unified School District’s Board meeting, Williams Rotary Club meeting and at a recent Williams City Council meeting — just to name a few. For those who still have questions in reference to the secondary property tax, Christman will be present at the Williams Diabetes Support Group’s special open forum tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. at the Williams Senior Center, 850 W. Grant Ave.
The hospital district’s secondary property tax is not a new tax for area property owners. Every five years, the district is required to hold a special election to renew the taxation’s approval from the public. Property owners within the district have approved the tax since 1986, with the exception of 12 months during 1992 and 1993. The continuation of the tax will allow the WHCC to retain quality staff members and maintain extended hours along with expanding and improving existing services.
While the News does not endorse political candidates, we do endorse the continuation of the hospital district’s secondary property tax. The continuation of the tax will not create a tax increase, but will authorize a continuation of an existing tax for five more years. The cost for the average homeowner is $97 annually, or approximately $8 per month. This is a small price to pay for the quality services we receive locally from the WHCC.
Whomever you choose to vote for on Tuesday in the Williams City Council election or however you choose to vote on the hospital district’s secondary tax is not important. What is important is that registered voters make their voice heard by voting. If you are not registered to vote in this election, register now so you will be eligible to vote in the next election. Two of the worst mistakes one can make are first not registering to vote and then failing to vote while registered to vote. Every vote counts, especially on the local level. We’ll see you at the polls.