Don’t vote without first being informed
October 01. 2013 10:43AM
Later this month, 6,159 registered voters in the City of Brandon will have the opportunity to decide on the proposed $12.5 million expansion and improvement plan for Aspen Park.
On page 1A of this week’s Challenger is a story detailing the proposed plan and how it will affect property taxes. I hope you’ll take the time to digest the information, put a pencil to paper on how it will personally affect your household budget before you step into the voting booth on Oct. 29. I also encourage you to attend one of the two public information meetings the Aspen Park taskforce has scheduled. They are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10 in the Council Chambers or Thursday, Oct. 21 at Tailgator’s. The proposed plan will be explained in is entirety at these meetings, and this is your time to ask questions and get answers to those questions.
We are a growing community, and with that growth comes needs. We’ve built more schools as our student population has increased. So it only makes sense – at the very least – to consider providing quality of life amenities for these same kids, too.
In my research for this story, I found it interesting that Brandon voters, while they wanted a community swimming pool back in the 1970s, rejected a bond issue three times to do so. The pool was rejected twice in 1978, and once six years later in 1984.
It wasn’t until 1988 that Brandon’s city leadership came up with the idea to put a one-cent city sales tax plan into place and funds raised from that would be directed to the city swimming pool. City voters approved that measure in September of 1988.
Whether or not Brandon voters agree to fund the proposed Aspen Park project with help from a $12.5 million general obligation bond, I encourage you to be an informed voter on Oct. 29.
Congratulations, on 10 years, Bethany Meadows
This week, residents and staff at Bethany Meadows are celebrating their 10th year in Brandon.
A variety of activities and “dress up days” are being held throughout the week. Today is “Patriotic Day” at Bethany, and at 2 p.m., a program honoring Bethany’s history and influential members, is on tap. Thursday is “Country/Commemorative T-Shirt Day.” It’s also the day the community is invited to take in the outdoor party from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Mogen’s Heroes will provide live music and a free picnic meal for the first 300 will be served.
Friday’s “Hometown/Bethany Dress Wear Day” culminates the week-long celebration. A revival church service at 9:30 a.m. and a celebration at 2 p.m. are on the schedule.
Community organization needs
This month's needs at the Brandon Area Food Pantry are personal hygiene items (i.e. deodorant, bar soap, women’s feminine products, shampoo, crème rinse), bottled juices, peanut butter, jelly, hot chocolate mix, fruit snacks, saltine crackers and Kleenex.
While always appreciated, the Pantry has a large supply of canned goods on hand. Monetary donations are always appreciated.
Before donating, please check the expiration date, as expired food items cannot be distributed.
The BAFP is located at 406 Main Ave., and is open from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. To donate to the food pantry or for more information, call 582-7001.
The Brandon Lions Club also wants your aluminum cans. Proceeds from the sale of aluminum funds requests to the Club for vision and hearing impairment needs.
The Lions Club collection shed is located in the Sunshine Foods parking lot.