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Letter: Millcreek incorporation: Vote based on facts

Published: Friday, Nov. 2 2012 5:24 p.m. MDT

Motorists drive on 3300 South in Millcreek Township Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. Millcreek Township incorporation will be on the November 2012 ballot.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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Gary Blake's submission to the Readers' Forum last week begs a response. His criticism of the updated feasibility study is yet another attempt by those who support anti-incorporation to draw attention away from the reality that the new city of Millcreek will be financially stable.

The first feasibility study, although well intentioned, was necessarily based on assumptions about the future. The three years forming those assumptions were the worst financially since the great depression. The reality is, during the Great Recession, Millcreek still generated enough revenue to be sustainable.

The update to the feasibility study took those same projections and applied the actual growth numbers produced by the Tax Commission for the same time period to the future city of Millcreek. The actual growth was 5 times that projected by the original study. Mr. Blake attempts to scare the citizens by claiming that the study is somehow tainted by the proponents' payment. We chose to sacrifice our own money not to "buy the study results we needed," but to get the information to the citizens of Millcreek without requiring further expense to the tax payers.

As you vote this Tuesday, please vote based on the facts, not personal attacks and innuendo.

Mary Ann Strong

Salt Lake City

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