TOM SMART, DESERET MORNING NEWS
Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon speaks to the crowds as the future of the Millcreek Township is debated at a town hall meeting at Skyline High School Tuesday night in Salt Lake City, Utah Mar. 18, 2008 (Submission date: 03/18/2008)
A $500 advertisement appeared in the July issue of the Millcreek Journal — a local, monthly community newspaper. It was signed by Jeff Silvestrini, the chair of both the Mount Olympus Community Council and the Millcreek Township Council.
In the advertisement, Silvestrini stated his support for creating a City of Millcreek. As community council members, who are elected volunteer members of a group which serves as an ordinanced advisory body to Salt Lake County, we have long felt that we should remain neutral on the issue of the incorporation process and use our status to factually educate and inform the public about the matter.
In his paid advertisement, Silvestrini used his position as a Community Council member and chairman to argue for voting "yes" on incorporation. Having done so, we now believe it is necessary as other members of the community council to say that there is another side to this issue: namely that there is a strong case for voting "no" on this issue.
We believe that Salt Lake County currently provides excellent services to the unincorporated areas, of which we are a part. We believe that the formation of a new unnecessary city and its duplication of existing government will result in increased taxes and decreased quality of services which we value. We believe in the adage, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." We believe that proponents of incorporation are spreading misinformation and unfounded fear to advance their ambitions.
The evidence is clear: several cities in and around Salt Lake County have recently announced tax increases and service cuts to cover their budget shortfalls. Meanwhile, Taylorsville City is contracting with the Unified Police Department, or UPD, and Unified Fire Authority, or UFA, for their city police and fire departments, respectively. Independent cities are having a difficult time surviving, and this demonstrates the high quality and value of remaining an unincorporated township. Claims that Millcreek Township is in danger of being annexed and "gobbled up" by other cities are unfounded rumor and, frankly, not based in any legal reality as it would have to be initiated by citizens within an area to be annexed.
It is our view that a small vocal minority of people within the township want to impose an unknown agenda on the great majority (more than 65 percent) of Millcreek citizens who said, "No," to incorporation in three of the most recent public polls on this question. We would like everyone who will be voting on Nov. 6 to know that many of our community council members strongly oppose incorporation, its additional expense and duplication of government, and we recommend that you all vote "no" to the formation of a Millcreek City.
Sheryl Ginsberg and eight other community council members signed this My View.