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Published: Saturday, Oct. 13 2012 4:19 p.m. MDT

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Farmintown
Salt Lake City, Utah

From the article; "The question essentially boils down to whether Millcreek residents want to self-govern or continue to be represented solely by the Salt Lake County Council." I disagree, it is represented by a large number of community council members for each unique community, a County council member and at a State level both a House and Senate member. As the County mayor stated he is not aware of a time when the recommendations of the community councils haven't been followed. The 'self-govern', if the pro-incorporation group is any indicator will be heavy handed elitists that even today are presumptuous (Adjective: (of a person or their behavior) Failing to observe the limits of what is permitted or appropriate. Synonyms: arrogant - presuming) in their actions. This group is backed by a large number of developers, and lawyers who could all benefit financially. No, the government closest to the people is not always the best, but the best government is the one that governs the least. 21st South and State has worked well for over 125 years and will continue to do so. The sheriff said many cities promised to stay with the UPD never kept those promises.

slamar
Salt Lake City, UT

I agree with Farmintown. Pro-incorporation pushes the suggestion that future city leaders will represent us... they'll be our neighbors, we'll see them in the stores and in the community, per Jeff Silvestrini. Yes, perhaps. But he and I both live in Millcreek--we're neighbors. And yet his views are drastically opposed to mine. It's a ridiculous argument that local representation would share my views. I'm VERY HAPPY the county is my representative, and not an eager pro-incorporator that wants to be mayor on the city council (Silvestrini?)

AmyJ
Millcreek, USA, UT

Do only a few people stand to benefit from becoming a city?

I think every resident of the Millcreek Township will benefit by having a voice on the special service districts (aka taxing authorities created by SL County just for unincorporated residents).

Every resident can benefit from having a surplus of their tax dollars, carefully used to benefit the Millcreek community, rather than spread at large across the entire County. I'm not unhappy with the services I receive from the County, but I don't feel like paying a premium to the County to allow them to act as BOTH my City and County Government. The very definition of Conflict of Interest.

I pay three lines on my taxes to the County and have seen my property taxes more than double in the 10 years I've lived in Millcreek.

I want to preserve the community I've come to love and so I'm voting YES to the City of Millcreek.

Robb C
Salt Lake City, UT

I was initially opposed to incorporation, but having listened to both sides present their cases, now I'm not so sure. The thing I don't like about the anti-incorporation arguments are the efforts to tear down the pro-incorporation group and question their motives. I haven't seen any evidence that the "pro" folks are self-serving or trying to promote this to enrich themselves. They're just dedicated citizens who feel that incorporation is the better way.

I still haven't decided how to vote but the anti-incorporation group is starting to look more like conspiracy theorists than simply giving us the facts to bolster their view.

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