Published: Saturday, Aug. 4 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT
Try this - go to Mr. Crockett's web site, and try to find his positions on
the pressing issues faced by our county government. The only position
statements on his site dealing with county issues is a three-minute video (a
fireside chat, no less!) in which he says that he'll say "no" to
pretty much everything. Crockett offers the typical Republican
position - never talk about specifics and only promise to say "no" a
lot.Next visit the web site of Ben McAdams. County issues are
identified in a fairly comprehensive list, and McAdams' positions on each
of the issues are described so you can read what he thinks and intends to do as
mayor. He lists them:Air Quality, Canyon Preservation, Criminal
Justice, Education, Good Government, Human Rights, Open Space, Unincorporated
Salt Lake County, Urban Farming, Water Quality, etc.Government at
all levels have difficult decisions to make and important work to perform.
Shouldn't we be asking our candidates to specify the things they're
going to say "yes" to?
Are services provided based on popularity? Let's be honest. This letter is
really about a campaign, not about taxes or budgets.
Why do some Utahns feel like their taxes should either never change or be
constantly cut? Why do they feel entitled to never changing or ever decreasing
taxes? Is there a country in the world that has that? Jeez! So many feel so
entitled!If Utah is being too expensive to live here, please leave.
You're going to have a rude awakening when you see how
expensive REAL states are to live in. Seeing your taxes go up a few bucks to
support your local police is nothing to complain about.
Most tax payers would be satisfied with a rational assessed property valuation
rather than the random (always increased) values we are presented each year.
Their numbers do not reflect current realistic property values, but rather the
county's desire for more money from its citizens. It would be more honest
if they said, Look we know your home is not worth more this year, but we need
the money so we are increasing your property tax.
Mr. Brinton: you live in Murray and were not subject to the UPD fee nor are you
subject to the new UPD property tax. Your police services are provided by Murray
Borrowing money for projects not essential to the county and replacing helping
people with golf courses is not what the county should be doing. We need a man
like Mark Crockett who understands how to make an organization more effective
and more efficient. Ben McAdams seems like a nice guy but right now we need
people with real experience to get things back in shape.
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