What's the plan?
I am a “senior citizen”, a 35-year resident of Ashland, a weekly patron of the senior center (Fridays for lunch and the movie) since about 2010, after my husband died. I am 89.
The decision to put the senior center under the direction of the Parks and Recreation Department has occasioned vigorous opinions in public meetings and as reported in the Daily Tidings during the past week.
How do “senior citizens” recreate? By quiet talk, or happy laughter and jokes; good food with long-time companions, a flirtatious glance or two — they are men and women; human touch, gentle exercises, good movies, birthdays, games and cards, reading; finding each other’s interesting lives, feeling safe, mostly understood, and looked after.
What seems to be the Parks and Recreation Department’s plan? Ashland has a certain number of “seniors” of differing physical capacities, people who, while requiring help and feeding, should function as a source of income to the city as they recreate at The Grove (not a happy building). In short, they should pay their way. Other Oregon cities do this and we can, too.
Thanks to Marsh
The League of Oregon Cities would like to acknowledge Rep. Pam Marsh’s leadership during the 2017 legislative session.
As a recent Ashland city councilor, Representative Marsh provided invaluable input. She helped protect city revenues and advocated for comprehensive property tax reform. A pilot program for a more equitable property tax assessment method for new construction passed and harmful property tax exemptions were defeated. A bill that would have greatly hampered urban renewal was defeated, and instead she is leading an interim legislative work group, looking for improvements that will enjoy consensus.
Lastly, Representative Marsh worked tirelessly to provide cities with more local lodging tax spending flexibility and to improve enforcement so all are taxed fairly. We look forward to continuing that work in the 2018 session. The League again thanks Rep. Pam Marsh for being a strong partner in local government.
Mike McCauley, executive director, League of Oregon Cities