Ammon’s mayor recently wrote an commentary describing the private investment in his town and how they are superior compared to what Ammon government itself could do. I agree with him as far as he went. What he did not say was the extent to which Ammon, Idaho Falls and the state developed the infrastructure that has allowed these private enterprises to thrive. None of these private investments would have been made without significant investment of tax dollars to develop the required infrastructure.

A more meaningful discussion would have entailed where the boundary between public and private investment should be. There is a sharp divide between Ammon and Idaho Falls on this topic; Idaho Falls is more proactive and farsighted in investing while Ammon is more proud of its cheap taxes. Both approaches have their proponents.

However Ammon is a part of District 93 which in the last 20 or so years has finally succeeded in passing a series of bonds that have finally brought their schools up to much higher standards. Much higher standards than when my children attended District 93 schools. I hope that this trend continues not only in educational issues but in other infrastructure investments as well.

I challenge the Mayor to write another commentary on just where he thinks this boundary between public and private investment should be and how far into the future city investments should reach.

Jim Delmore

Idaho Falls


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