MT VERNON - A forum featuring city officials, legislators and candidates will be held next Tuesday, Oct. 14, at the Mt. Vernon Community Center.

The forum is sponsored by the City of John Day as a part of "City Hall Week," and is one of 19 events across the state intended to put a spotlight on issues that affect the economic vitality and stability of Oregon communities.

The public is invited to the forum, which starts at 10 a.m.

City officials, legislators and candidates will participate in the discussion.

The issues will include transportation funding, infrastructure recapitalization, and Oregon's new ethics law.

Cities believe Oregonís current ethics law must be reformed in order to treat local leaders fairly and protect the interests of the public. In addition, the top transportation priority for cities is to support a package which contains a significant funding increase for preservation that closes the current funding gap. Cities are also urging the governor to recapitalize the Special Public Works Fund, the Safe Drinking Water Loan Fund and the Water/Wastewater Fund.

As city governments face increasing erosion of their local revenue raising authority and limits on the ability to manage their affairs, City Hall Week represents a proactive approach to raising awareness of these critical issues.

"City officials and their constituents know best the issues that impact their communities," said Mayor Bob Quinton. "Local officials have been elected to represent their communities and legislators are elected to represent the same constituents. City Hall Week will ensure that local voices gain the attention of legislators and candidates."

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