The Christmas season has yet to begin, but Bountiful officials are already compiling their annual wish list to give to Santa Legislator.
The mayor, City Council and staff plan to "whine and dine" local state senators and representatives on Nov. 29. Here's what the Bountiful officials will be trying to tell the lawmakers.`We want our sales tax, now!'
Bountiful supports legislation that would force the state not to hold sales-tax revenue for several months before turning it over to the city. City Manager Tom Hardy said Bountiful could gain at least $20,000 a year in interest if it got its sales-tax revenue as soon as the state collected it. "The state is receiving a windfall that we don't feel they're entitled to," Hardy said.
`Make those outsiders pay.'
People who live outside city boundaries enjoy numerous municipal services, which are subsidized by the county taxes paid by city residents, who must pay municipal taxes as well.
"Our citizens need not to pay that extra tax," said Bountiful Councilman Harold Shafter. "Those people in the unincorporated areas need to pay their fair share."
`Don't go breakin' my park.'
Despite widespread opposition last year, plans to route an interstate natural gas pipeline through Davis County are alive and well. Councilwoman Renee Coon wants the state to do more to stop the pipeline before it takes a swath through Mueller Park above Bountiful.
`Get me outta this RDA mess.'
Earlier this year, the City Council voted to dissolve its Redevelopment Agency in light of the fourth failure in a decade of plans to revitalize a downtown block. But the council reversed itself after learning the law that creates RDAs does not provide a way to abolish them.
"It should be as easy to get out of as it is to get in," said Councilwoman Barbara Holt, who has led the fight against the RDA.
`Your turn to take out garbage.'
The council will ask legislators to support recycling laws, such as mandatory deposits on recyclable containers and incentives for industries to purchase recycled goods.
"We as a city won't be able to do anything (in recycling) unless the state creates a basis for us," said Councilman Robert Gramoll.
And if the legislators are still listening, Bountiful will ask them to oppose a proposed bill that would prohibit cities to lay asphalt, requiring them instead to bid out all asphalt work. Hardy said the city, because it has equipment and employees already in place, can do simple asphalt jobs more economically.