Hesperians curious about how their local government works, and where their tax dollars go, will get a chance to learn about it straight from top city officials, when Hesperia holds its first Citizens Academy this fall.


The seven-session program is "designed to inspire future civic leaders and encourage future civic involvement," according to city spokeswoman Kelly Malloy.


The classes, which will be taught by city staff, including department heads, will cover the budget, public works, public safety, development process, "all of those aspects," she said.


Depending on the subject, the academy will be held at various city facilities, the better to give students a feel for all aspects of the city government.


The classes run from August through October and applications for the 20 open spots will be taken beginning on Monday. The only requirements are that students be 18 years or older and Hesperia residents. The spots will be offered to students on a first-come, first-served basis.


"We just really want to encourage people to get involved and we frequently have people asking questions about the process of government," said Malloy.


For more information, call (760) 947-1018 or visit CityofHeperia.us and click on "Citizens Academy."


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