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Published: Saturday, Aug. 10 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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American Fork, UT

So long as there's no proposed tax increase for education, especially English, we can breath easy. Right?

Salt Lake City, UT

We have a problem with so many different local taxing entities. We tend to favor this because many believe small government close to the citizens is best. But this isn't necessarily so. First, a lot of taxing entities, i.e. a lot of small communities and districts, add to overhead and duplication big time - waste. Also, many small governments are the virtual property of special interests, especially developers. Many developers treat small towns as a subsidiaries willing to bend to their every whim at the expense of the community.

Mainly Me
Werribee, 00

I was taught to live within my means. I have to budget out my money and make sacrifices. I have to save up for certain items and make priorities for other things. Why can't governments do the same?

Highland, UT

The problem here is the problem with government officials in general, all tend to believe that the most important things that occur in society are things done by the government. Of course that means they need to continually raise taxes to increase revenue so that they can do those things they think are the most important things done in society.

In the mind of a governmental official it is far more important for the janitor at the courthouse to have a fully funded pension than it is for you to pay your power bill. In the mind of a government official it is far more important for the government to have a state of the art governmental office than it is for you to be able to replace your water heater. In the mind of a school board member it is far more important for every school to be a modern day palace than it is for you to replace your 20 year old hand me down couch.

You just have to understand how these people think, whatever it is the government does is the just far more important, and therefor far more in need, of your money.

Fitness Freak
Salt Lake City, UT

Too many times we sit around and lament about all the wasteful spending in D.C., when we SHOULD be more concerned about the tax hikes dumped on us by our elected "neighbors".

Municipal elections are approaching for some residents. How many of you KNOW whether the candidates are the types of people who will "go along to get along"? City/county councils tend to be dominated by the incumbents. In other words, there is a huge amount of peer pressure to go ahead and vote for WHATEVER tax hikes are proposed so they can remain "good buds" with other council members.

My suggestion: vote for folks who haven't been part of government or an incumbent. THOSE people tend to be the most likely NOT to go along with tax increases.

Salt Lake City, UT

Duckhunter has it right. Too many of our elected officials become advocates for the agencies and departments within the government entity they were elected to monitor and manage. If cutting the budget means putting pressure on the agency or the employees in that agency, the elected official will usually sway with the wind to keep that from happening and add costs to those who he/she really is responsible to....those that elected them.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Every level of government has a constitution or charter. The first step that every citizen should take is to verify that each level of government does only what it is authorized to do. Most levels of government will attempt to do whatever they are asked to do, then they will find a way to add a tax or fee to cover that cost. The second step is to fire every public official who exceeds his authority.

Constant watching is required. It would help if the 4th estate distanced itself from government, instead of acting as advocates of the government. In my opinion the Deseret News is doing its duty properly, but it is one of a very few members of the 4th estate that has not sold out to political pressure.

Salt Lake City, UT

The first rule of government is to grow and that takes money. "Services" are needed the government says, yet we who have gray hair grew up without the ones so "needed" now. Someone once said that yesterday's luxuries are today's necessities. Do we really need a new library on the West side, at this time? Nice to have, surely, but necessary? Hardly.

It is easy for elected officials to be visionary with other people's money. Most elected officials are fairly well to do and have no concept of the struggles people who live on the lower part of the economic ladder, and in reality, they really don't care. Don't fool yourselves by the nice platitudes at election time.

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