Comments about ‘It's decision time for Millcreek township residents’

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Published: Saturday, Nov. 3 2012 4:43 p.m. MDT

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my2centsworth
salt lake, UT

The decision for Millcreek residents is more simple than it may appear:

VOTE YES

Why?

1) Our taxes will go down because we are currently subsidizing other parts of the unincorporated SLCO. The whole county, every city, including the new City of Millcreek would then have to share in this subsidy until other areas decide what is best for them.
2) We will gain direct, and directly elected, representatives for our municipal services. It is our civic duty to take responsibility for our needs and priorities.
3) Annexations will happen if we do not incorporate. The pressure will come from the surrounding cities. The State of Utah will accomodate this pressure. State laws will change to make annexation more feasible.
4) If our tax base is annexed, our community will no longer remain. The status quo will not survive. This is a 'now or never' proposition.
5) If not the City of Millcreek, you will be Salt Lake City, South Salt Lake City, Holladay, Murray.
6) The start up will be funded by the tax dollars we have already contributed to the Salt Lake County coffers. The precedent is set. It will happen.

VOTE YES to the City of Millcreek

My2Cents
Taylorsville, UT

The residents have a right to know the reverse affects of this proposal and the loss of rights if this area incorporates. It strips citizens of any voice in government and representation. Incorporation means citizens give up all right of collective or individual protest of any thing city government choose to do. Representation stops working for citiznes to work for their personal and specail interest financial backers. Citizens will no longer have the right to control city operations and big box invasions from corporate business.

The moment a city is incorporated, representation for citizens ceases and stops representing citizens. It is a state law that elected officials do not represent citizens, they represent the city and business leaders for selfish and greedy kickback payments.

Incorporation is an invitation to destroy citizens rights and give corporate business power to force changes in zoning laws and over development and any where they want to put in a WalMart. Incorporation is corporate take over of a community that citizens cannot dispute or stop from happening. Incorporation has nothing to do with improved services of police, fire department or hiring a dog catcher, its about giving in to corporate control.

slamar
Salt Lake City, UT

I think exploring the idea of incorporation was a good effort and worth weighing the options.But as the Future of Millcreek group became more active, I quickly became disgusted with their dishonest and unethical tactics. Consequently, any consideration I had in favor of incorporation evaporated.

For me, there is nothing a city could provide that I don’t already have. In recent years I’ve seen Millcreek receive 2 new fire stations, a community center, numerous street improvements, and weekly recycling pick-up to name a few. Regardless of all the details, the fact for township residents is that a) we live in unincorporated Salt Lake County and b) we received these benefits.

Regarding local control, I have no more connection with a person residing within an artificial boundary than I do with a county representative. In fact, there’s so much misalignment between the FOM agenda and my values, I definitely do not want representation by those so eager to become a city. Likewise, I would much rather annex into an existing city than be forced into a new, unknown, and unexperienced bureaucracy.

These are just a few reasons I'm voting NO.

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