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Published: Saturday, July 27 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Ogden, UT

Utah was the wrong place to move to if you wanted to avoid obnoxious self-serving politicians. There are some great stories we could regale you with about our legislature and former governor.

I wouldn't be happy about the property tax increase either, though, so you have my sympathies there.


I think that there are probably better options, in Utah, than Salt Lake City for those looking for relief from high property taxes. You would not automatically know that of course; it is best do the research carefully before choosing.

Personally I think that property taxes are evil and wasted upon low yield educational expenses.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

Suandra, "(you) moved from California to Salt Lake City to escape high taxes and self-serving, obnoxious politicians."

you moved from one dem-dominated jurisdiction (CA) to another (SLC), why would you think things would be different?

Had you done a little more research before moving, you could have found a municipality that was NOT dem-dominated, then you would have found what you were after.

West Valley, UT

Agreed!!! What is even worse, Some city governments, let's say oh,,,West Valley City elects a Mayor, they pay him $35,000.00 a year to run the city, THEN he/she inturn hires a city manager and pays him/her $199,000.00 a year, THEN the city manager hires an assistant city manager and we pay him/her $160,000.00 a year, THEN the city council raise taxes to pay for it all. THEN they have a hearing on tax increases on Aug.13th,,,,,ELECTION DAY!!!! Talk about adding insult to injury...

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Judging by the amount of fireworks my neighbors have bought, a $13 dollar tax increase would be nothing. At some point our state needs to actually fund education.

Salt Lake City, UT

@lost in DC
Just yesterday I saw a facebook post from a friend down by Provo complaining about a massive property tax increase there. It's not just a Salt Lake City thing.

payson, utah

Maybe we should stop voting in liberals in our offices. Just because they have an R by their name doesn't mean they are a conservative. No self respecting conservative would do this. Increase taxes when they are not needed. They would find places to cut before they would even raise taxes. Like that extra city manager in west valley. They would fight to lower the salary of the city manager position.

They wouldn't say hey we are not raising taxes, then raise taxes after the election. Stop voting in establishment type GOP.

Bountiful, UT

Salt Lake City is not known for its wise money management or excellent management in other affairs either. Look at the huge ugly square planters they have in the downtown area. This wasted space could be used for an other lane of car traffic, or a bike lane or efficient parking.

They have thrown away the benefit of the wide streets they were gifted.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Lol @ those acting as if only the SL leaders waste time and money.

Here in Orem, UTOPIA! A completely failed experiment whose cost will be placed on myself and children!
Remember our governor and his $13 million thrown away to a losing contractor?
How many millions is Swallow going to waste before he's impeached?
How many millions and hours has Mike Lee wasted in obstruction?
How many more times must we talk about vouchers (aka handouts to Stephensen's private schools)?
How many more hours must we debate sex Ed and guns while ignoring ethics reforms, green energy, and higher education spending?

If you ask me, our government is pretty corrupt at all levels and local. The solution? Get rid of special interest money. Lobbying should be illegal. Plain and simple.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

now really, who is more likely to tax and spend?

you know the answer. DEMS


Salt Lake City and West Valley City never saw a property tax hike they didn't like.

The other municipalities along the wasatch front are bad, just not as bad.

Leave the cities/wasatch front you'll have much better luck.

Personally, I'm taking Idaho or Wyoming; as soon as I can.

In Utah cities there's really no end in sight.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

"lost in DC
West Jordan, UT
now really, who is more likely to tax and spend?

you know the answer. DEMS"

In hyberbole or in reality? In hyperbole? DEMS. In a lil place called reality? Ummm have you seen the deficits and percentage of deficit increase that Bush and Reagan had?

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

The affliction that is spoiling the happiness of people all over the world is the same disease found in our own cities, towns, states, nations and organizations. The name of the disease is greed; we are born with it and there doesn’t seem to be any cure. So running away form its pain is useless.

But we don’t have to just stand quietly by, its effects can be controlled if we really want to. It is the greed of businessmen in our government that should be our most concern. If only we can get private business out of government by eliminating the power of money.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

@lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

now really, who is more likely to tax and spend?

you know the answer. DEMS

11:23 a.m. July 27, 2013


As opposed to Republicans and their un-funded Middle Eastern wars with a tax CUT and $3 Trillion spending spree?

If you gonna spend it, you better darn well be ready to tax it and pay for it!

Steve Cottrell
Centerville, UT

If we complain about tax and spend in Utah, it is not the Democrats. They have not had significant representation in the Utah legislature for years. Every elected official in Davis County is a Republican.

It's not the democrats spending because they have not had any authority to do so. They usually don't even have a voice.

In out state legislature all significant decisions are made in closed Republican Caucus meetings. Like the old USSR, We don't have a two party system.

Demo Dave
Holladay, UT

"We moved from California to Salt Lake City to escape high taxes and self-serving, obnoxious politicians."

Well, you came to the wrong place.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

you once insisted 43% was a majority. Now you are confusing taxes and deficits. While one bears on the other, they are not the same thing. I guess math and anything like it really baffles you, doesn't it?

BO had the largest deficits in history, in terms of size and a % of GDP. Do you REALLY want to compare deficits? REALLY??

She was complaining about SLC, which is overrun with dems.

Murray, UT


dollars and percent are not the same thing.


Salt Lake City is not in Davis County

The Utah legislature does not determine Salt Lake City property tax.

Salt Lake City is dominated by the Democrat party.


Which is greedier, wanting to keep the money you earn, or wanting to take the money from others, which they earned?

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT


Workers create wealth (money) by their physical or mental labors.

Businessmen create wealth (money) by trading in the wealth created by working people. The fact that the businessman may work very hard in the trading of wealth doesn't mean they created it.

It is probable that there is no pure working person or pure businessman.

Greed is the child of the survival instinct that is in all of us. All of us fear death more than anything else.

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