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Published: Monday, March 4 2013 12:23 a.m. MST

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My2Cents
Taylorsville, UT

From what has been happening small city economics during this double digit recession and triple digit inflation for the last 20 years, now is not a good time to think about incorporation. Incorporating should be done in times of prosperity and economic growth that can sustain the cost of creating a city.

The biggest threat is nearby cities who want to annex county property and townships. However, that is not how it works, the citizens still have the right to vote themselves out of annexation. Incorporation is usually the brain child of big box business who want a city government that is easier to manipulate to rezone and change land to commercial high density use.

Many Utah cities are in financial trouble now because the revenue to sustain a city has gone into reverse with accelerated depression, job losses, revenue losses from taxation. Loss of services (Police, fire department, city officials, city services) are contracted out to neighborhood groups specializing in Unified Departments. Unified departments are given the authority of cost-plus taxation which is unlimited taxation without representation of elected city government. Cities are so destitute and in financial trouble we can't even appoint a volunteer dog catcher.

perspicacious
Salt lake city, Utah

The prior comment is right. Holaday incorporated 12 years ago and it has been a disaster. The goal was to control zoning and maintain community beauty. Instead it turned into a game of zoning and attempts at commercial growth. Cottonwood Mall was torn down and cash cow killed. Then council agreed to give developer $105 million but developer did not comply with time requirements but of course good ole boys give unwarranted extensions. Then Village Center is disaster of planning and dissent. Council shifts course and gives that developer $250 K to walk. The handouts continue on 30th East for motel. Finances are a mess and $10 million index and spent for inferior roads and potholes.
I suggest Millcreek trust competent slc or county to provide services and not a bunch of amateurs as we have in Holladay. Financial statements are a mess and we would be better off disincorporating and going back to the county.

Counter Intelligence
Salt Lake City, UT

The ultimate government waste is having city and county governments doing the exact same thing
In the 1970's consolidation was rejected in favor of wall to wall cities - something that has yet to take place because of Magna, Millcreek and Kearns. Those urban areas should incorporate or annex; or all of the cities and unincorporated areas of Salt Lake County should simply consolidate into one city/county government. But the current system of county and some cities and urban areas in the county does not work (except for a few who can manipulate the system)

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

Geez, we already voted this down once...why is it being thrust onto our ballot again? This smacks of the losing side saying "we're going to continue to put this issue in front of you until we get the outcome we want."

You LOST...move on.

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