Sunday, December 16, 2018

Why Do I Now Support a 1/4% County Sales Tax Increase?

In 2015 the county voted down a 1/4% county sales tax increase (Prop 1) that would have been split the revenue between the county, cities, and UTA (20%, 40%, 40%) by a 59 to 41 percent margin. In Highland the margin was 68% to 32% (click here to see the official results). I was a vocal opponent to the increase largely because of UTA allocation. I described my opposition in my post “Is Utah County Prop 1 Good or Bad for Highland?

So why the switch in attitude Mr. Mayor? Have you gone to the dark side? Good question!

Monday, December 3, 2018

Notes from the Mayor: Open Space Disposal

I’ve been following some of the Facebook discussions relative the sale of Open Space as well as reading the emails sent to elected officials regarding this issue. One of the arguments raised for doing it now is that the “city” has had a chance to fix it and hasn’t, so time is up.

While I agree that there are issues with Open Space maintenance, I disagree with the conclusion that time is up. There are a number of issues the city has worked over the years that required a lot of time and effort to close. If we arbitrarily decided that enough time had been spent and quit then our roads wouldn’t be getting fixed and the East-West connector design would not be underway.