It might be time to look at changing from a consolidated city-county government.
It doesn't make much sense to duplicate services across the whole county.
There can be multiple councilmen elected by the various areas to look out for
each areas interests. We could also get rid of all the mayors of the various
cities, and manage Salt Lake County via the county council.
Yes 2 Bits, it is the east vs west thing. I'll bet dollars to donuts that
this is being pushed by interests east of 7th east. BTW, I'm from Murray,
I only live in Kearns.The only consolidated services that I want to
see is a Metro Police Department and a Metro Fire department. Do away with all
the municiple PD's. Criminals don't care if they are in Salt Lake or
Murray or Draper doing their badness.
Our area has submitted a petition to be annexed into Holladay. It is an area
that has no commercial base, and is entirely residential. The petition has been
certified by Holladay and by the County Recorders office. We represent about 5%
of the Millcreek Township population. A credible third party provided the
feasibility study showing the area to be roughly revenue neutral. However, the
county, through the county executive, whipped up political opposition from
Community Councils throughout the valley, and the Council has protested the
petition. If our small area, with no commercial base doesn't qualify, what
does? What the state legislature should be doing is writing the annexation and
incorporation laws to be more sensitive to the will of the people rather than to
the will of the government.
We don't have too much government we have too many governments.Each level of government provides a venue for criminals to rob the taxpayer.
How many court houses, city buildings, theatres, museums and other things that
every city has to have, do we need?Unscrupulous business people play
the competition game on cities, counties and states to get special subsidies,
tax gifts and advantages. The go from one government to another with promises
of tax gain for that city just to enhance their new store's profit. When
the subsidies and tax favors end they move on to the next government.The fact is, none of the benefits ever get to the worker/resident/taxpayer who
gets the bill for the stuff.
What's Copperton? Just kidding. But really... the East vs West
thing again?It goes two ways you know. Do the people living in
Copperton have a clue as to what happens in Millcreek?I don't
want my fate determined by some west side person that will ignore my east side
concerns.We really need to grow out of the East vs West rivalry
someday.What's happening in Copperton isn't all that
different than what's happening in Millcreek from a county government
perspective. We both need law enforcement. We both need snow removal. We
both need sewage treatment plants, we both need trash removal services, etc.
Bad public policy decisions lead to future bad public policy choices. It needs
to stop. All unincorporated areas should join "neighboring" cities and
then cities can negotiate regional services with the County. In this game of
musical chairs, to be the last community sitting at the County-table is NOT a
I'm pretty sure that the people living in Millcreek have a clue as to what
happens in Copperton. NOT! I don't want my fate determined by some east
side person that will ignore my west side concerns.
IMO it's not perfect... but it's better than any alternative I know
of.What alternative are YOU proposing?
No one with any credibility is discussing this.And those small
pockets of unincorporated land inside Sandy? They don't want to be part of
Sandy. Who could blame them?
Utah's government is a joke even to Utahns.