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Published: Sunday, Oct. 14 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Why the rush? Who is behind stuffing this annexation down our throats? Will it really save money when you take into consideration of all expenses to start up a township?

Personally, I think those wanting to start up this township have been exposed for their short shortsightedness and greed.

AmyJ
Millcreek, USA, UT

I live two streets from Holladay. I've researched the taxes I pay and the taxes paid in Holladay and this year my taxes in the county are double my Holladay neighbors.

What's my choice? I identify with being part of Millcreek. I want to be a city and preserve the community I chose when I moved here. I want to have more control over when and how my taxes are assessed. As long as the County can create special districts and charge only my unincorporated neighbors, why should I let them be both my City and County govt?

Is it called "greed" when I want to keep my tax dollars in my own community? It it called "shortsightedness" to now realize that my taxes in the County have more than doubled in the 10 years I've lived in Millcreek?

Failing to take action now is giving the County a green light to continue to raise taxes and to prevent our input on any of the services or utilities.

I believe in making choices, not standing by, hoping the County will be "nice" to Millcreek. I choose City of Millcreek.

  • 12:13 a.m. Oct. 15, 2012
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Counter Intelligence
Salt Lake City, UT

In the 1970's salt lake County voters rejected City/County consolidation in favor of wall to wall cities: Its time for Millcreek, Kearns and Magna to incorporate or annex and get the County out of the City services business

slamar
Salt Lake City, UT

Completely agree with you, Kathy. Pro-incorporators have consistently pushed the fear of being gobbled up by neighboring cities and site that as one reason to be a city. It's completely unfounded. As you stated, the process would be the same, city or no city.

Now Amy Johnson, I know your pro group has tried to document how taxes would be lower through incorporation. I've seen the line-item comparisons. But these are simply not accurate comparisons of the total tax burden. You've got to get deeper than just comparing one line to another. And Millcreek doesn't export money. The claim we are exporting just isn't true. There's plenty of evidence of this. Even the Feasibility Study states Millcreek has 40% of the unincorporated population, but 34% of the tax base. And for distribution of taxes, there are formulas to balance out the distribution.

slamar
Salt Lake City, UT

The pro-incorporation movement has operated their campaign on a basis of fear and deceit. You've paid $5000 for a clearly bias feasibility "update" --and have been reprimanded by the mayor as being unethical. You've sent out mailers with inaccurate tax figures and were corrected by the county since it wasn't an "apples to apples" comparison. You've included an insert in the Valley Journal without any citation it was a political advertisement. The list goes on and on...

The idea of creating a city was worth exploring, but the answer is to remain as is; there are no benefits. And with such deceit, incompetence and scare tactics of this pro-movement, there's no way Millcreek residents can trust them. The community feel will continue to be preserved as a township, and the only way to do this is to vote NO on incorporation.

Skyline77
Salt Lake , UT

Everyone wants facts: Millcreek "taxable values" - applying the tax rates of the County vs. surrounding cities; Millcreek (including Franchise Tax rates from the other cities) is paying $4,000,000 more each year to have services provided by the County.

The $4 million increase this year in property taxes is a substitute for the previous UPD Fee from the past two years. Therefore, the UFA & UPD "County" excess revenues over the past three years (if you add the UPD Fee) has been about $12 million dollars more in Property Taxes and Fees.

The choice is so clear, stay with the County and pay a lot more, or get your own City with local leaders who can be held accountable by you and your neighbors.

No one wants to overpay for anything they purchase, yet the opponents of Millcreek incorporation seem to not care. There is NO efficiency getting your Municipal Services from a County or service district - in which you have very little say who is elected or appointed.

There are so many community benefits when you become a "real" city. Local concerns are best met with Local leaders - you don't get that with County-wide officials. Support Millcreek

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