Your Opinion: Reasons to support Transformation sales tax

Dear Editor:

I sincerely hope each of you consider the implications of the proposed half-cent sales tax on the ballot Feb. 7. I am wholeheartedly in support of the effort to Transform Jefferson City and here are some reasons why:

First, I had the honor of leading two groups of young professionals over the past year: hYPe (Helping Young Professionals Evolve) and Jefferson City Rotaract. Both groups combined have 400-450- members and are growing. Many of these members have been involved in Transformation by participating in focus groups, volunteering on action teams, being on the steering committee and helping with the Transform Jefferson City campaign.

As Transformation is explained to those not already involved with the process the vast majority of these people (both Jefferson City natives and transplants) have become very supportive. Initiatives such as the Festival District and Internship Initiative have already been implemented and met with great fanfare by this demographic. I can feel nothing but excitement after being immersed in their exuberance for the past year. Our community needs to be attractive to talent of all ages and Transformation will make that happen. Recent successes prove that.

Secondly, this effort was brought forth to our community by our community. No less than 400 of your peers have helped with the development of the proposed projects. They have been well thought out, evaluated from many different perspectives and received input from people in all walks of life. A vote against these opportunities is a vote against the efforts of your friends, family and neighbors.

Third, I have a young son. Jefferson City will be his hometown and I want him to be proud of it; not just the bricks and mortar but also the work ethic and moral fabric of our city. In 15 years he will be able to look back at out city and what will he see? A vibrant community full of pride and a can-do, get it done attitude or a stagnant and sleepy town afraid of change? The data shows our children are leaving and not coming back and this is our opportunity to reverse that trend.

Please, become informed about this issue and these projects. Once you understand how crucial your vote is to the future of our community I believe you will Transform Jefferson City by voting yes on Feb. 7.

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