Sweet Home youths get taste of government during ‘City Day at the Capitol’

Officials from the city of Sweet Home joined more than 175 local government representatives from across the state Feb. 26 in meeting with legislators as part of “City Day at the Capitol.”

The event, organized by the League of Oregon Cities and the Oregon Mayors Association, allowed city officials and legislators to spend a day discussing legislative priorities for cities and issues that matter to Oregon communities.

As city governments continue to face economic challenges, City Day offered a proactive approach to addressing priority community issues and ensuring that legislators hear how the issues they are deciding in Salem will impact their citizens back home, said Craig Martin, Sweet Home city manager.

Issues cities are concerned about this legislative session include property tax reform, streamlining Oregon’s land-use system, economic development and 9-1-1 tax renewal, he said.

“City officials know best the issues that impact their communities,” Martin said. “Local officials have been elected to represent their communities and legislators are elected to represent the same constituents. City Day will ensure that local voices gain the attention of legislators.”