As a member of the Blue Mountain Community College budget committee, I encourage all registered voters in Umatilla and Morrow counties to carefully and thoughtfully think about this measure. This measure must be passed. It is for the benefit of the entire region, including Milton-Freewater, Pendleton, Hermiston, Boardman and Baker, and the rest of Eastern Oregon. Education of our younger generation is not only a benefit, it is a “must do” in today’s world. They are the future, without question.

The technology of the world is advancing at a pace we could not comprehend two decades ago. If we are to keep pace with the rest of the world, we must educate and motivate our upcoming generations. As a country, the USA is still the greatest nation in the world, but our educational systems are falling behind other countries. We cannot allow this to continue.

There have been many meetings over the past few months regarding the needs of BMCC. There has been a great deal of input from the voters of our counties. I can assure you, the voters throughout Umatilla and Morrow counties, that the BMCC administration has heard the message from the people, loud and clear. We recently had a budget committee meeting to review the upcoming BMCC budget, along with the bond measure. While it is a considerable amount of money, the cost to us, as individual taxpayers, is very affordable. The administration has diligently worked through their budget process and they have trimmed all unnecessary costs and “fat” from the budget and the proposed bond. What is left is the financial requirements needed to make appropriate improvements and maintenance to a group of facilities and educational programs that have been well used for the past 50 years. Its time to upgrade for the benefit of the students.

The cost to most of us as taxpayers is less than one cup of coffee (of your choice) per week: 25 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. You can “do the math.” I don’t think there is any taxpayer in our area that cannot afford an average of $50-60 per year to ensure that our students who aspire to go to college, have that opportunity.

BMCC has a great reputation; the administration is working diligently to meet the demands of the changing world. Read the materials presented with the ballot; read the letters to the editor; go online to learn more; watch your mail for flyers. Help BMCC provide students with the skills that employers of the present and future will demand.

Please vote yes for BMCC Bond Measure 30-106.

Jim and Barbara Stanton

Milton-Freewater

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