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If the roof on your home leaked and it was over the room of your son who upset you recently, would you refuse to repair the roof to punish him, knowing that the leak was going to eventually damage the rest of the house? We hear those who do not agree with the decisions made about hockey saying they will vote against a new roof on the MetraPark arena. Isn't this the same as not fixing your own roof to punish your son?

Thirty years ago, Yellowstone County leaders had the foresight to build a first-class arena that would serve our area for a multitude of events. The arena has accomplished that purpose and is now in need of some critical maintenance. Yes, it is the responsibility of those requesting funds to do a good job explaining the essential need for additional funding, how the money will be spent, and what impact it should have on our community. The Yellowstone County commissioners studied the roof issue, determined that they would save thousands of dollars of taxpayer money by requesting that voters approve a one year assessment, rather than incurring bond cost, legal and administrative fees associated with a multiyear bond issue. The roof repair request was well-thought-out, sensible, and the decision was made with the best interests of the taxpayers in mind. The roof repair on the MetraPark arena is one we should support.

Bruce MacIntyre

Govermental Affairs Director

Billings Area Chamber of Commerce

Billings

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