Published: Tuesday, Aug. 7 2012 11:00 p.m. MDT
Sounds like time for new elected officials and a new city manager. Anyone can
mamnage things if they have a blank check handed to them when things get a
little tight. The 5-year sunset clause is in place to placate the residents but
you can bet it will be renewed as voters have a short memory.....sad but true.
Our taxes in the Davis School District went up again, too, with no
public hearing about the matter. I intend to vote against the incumbent board
members come next election. Highland residents need to make some
changes and not necessarily in just generating more revenue.
"We need a broader tax base, and the only way to do that is to bring in more
businesses," Business does not pay taxes. Taxes remitted by a
business, including the owner’s income tax, are in the price that consumer
pays for the product or service of the business. If a business collects tax on
purchases from consumers from another city or county, they are stealing money
that should go to the area where the consumer lives. Any tax paid
to the local government is money paid mainly by the residents of that
government. And because the income tax paid by the owner is also collected
from the residents and not paid to the local government, the taxpayer is paying
a tax with no return. When the local residents shop and pay sales
tax in another venue, their money is used to support the government of the other
venue. And not their own. No matter where the people shop, they will pay the
same sales tax. Adding of new business does not necessarily help.
And if business is able to obtain special favors to come into your venue, you
may actually be hurting your self.
This is on top of the property tax increase we got from the Alpine School
District bond back in November. It used to be, a decade or so ago,
that hIghland was still trying to retain its rural feel. Even then, despite
rapid growth, there were still some farms and fields. Those are now mostly gone
and in place of them, and rather than the minimum 1 acre lots we were promised,
we now have many small and cramped subdivisions with worthless ill maintained
'open space' and no business's to offset the costs of public
safety departments and road maintanence. The blame for this lies squarely on the
shoulders of former council members, mayors, and Barry Edwards the city manager.
He, more than anyone, pushed for these ridiculously small lots with trails
running through them. None of them wanted any business's at all. What
shortsighted blundering and incompetence.
Highland will very soon lose the battle for new retail. Lehi's expansion
along the Timp highway has claimed retail for that end of Highland and AF is
stocking up on the other end leaving little chance that a business will
duplicate itself in Highland. These are not new issues but go back decades when
AF was the big dog in the north end of the valley. There will be no reason for
any business to choose Highland since traffic is currently headed out of town.
Get used to higher property tax increases; they may say this new tax will sunset
in a few years but it'll become irreplacable to the city budget.
But stand by for a chorus of yowls when the city tries to cut some services.
The real issue in Highland isn't the lack of businesses, small lots with
trails, Public Safety costs in Highland, Alpine or Cedar Hills, or road
maintenance costs. These are all red herrings.The real problem in
Highland is that the city build expensive city buildings which they financed and
now the debt has to be serviced. Enjoy your nice new municipal buildings
Highland residents. And the property tax increase that is now needed to pay for
Here's an idea. Allow residential streets to turn into dirt and gravel
road. Only maintain the main streets and arteries.That alone would
bring huge cost savings.See how easy it is, to not raise taxes?
When government officials spout there is no alternative they are just blowing
smoke. There are very reasonable alternatives that don't costs as much.
The Highland City buildings are nicer and lavish than many homes in Highland.
The tax base won't support the lavish desires and expectations of the
workers. Oh well, no one can stop spending these days.
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