Corroon proposes 'measured, prudent budget'

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  • Confused Sandy, UT
    Oct. 27, 2010 3:11 p.m.

    Mike in Sandy,
    Your post shows just how little you know about the ecomony of Utah and just how well we are managed.

    Would you kindly provide ANY proof that the only reason that we have low unemployment is because they work in Fast food industry?

    Why is it that Utah has just been ranked by Forbes as one of the best places to do business? That the enviorment is business friendly AND THE WORK FORCE is WELL educated and hard working?

    Exactly what has the Democrats done in Washington done to show they ACTUALLY know how to run a government with out putting us in debt? Does California come to mind? Yes they have a GOP governor, but the Legislature is 85 precent democratic.

    Your daily montra does not match the facts.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 27, 2010 10:11 a.m.

    A tax is a salary decrease on the general populace. Raise salaries AFTER taxes go down.

  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    Oct. 27, 2010 9:49 a.m.

    To Lib Ted.

    The entire Republican machine here needs revamping. Not only do we need educated people running the state, we need fewer Republicans.
    And your engineer analogies, and woes about Mr. Herbert not being able to afford an education are weak stabs that have zero to do with anything.

    Around here, the sheep mentality of voting GOP has little to do with their brains or values, it is basically a slap at the more qualified and able democrats.
    No wonder we are last in student spending, first or nearly so in foreclosures, way up in prescription happy pill use and abuse.
    Low unemployment? Know why? We have more people working in fast food, and fast food is prevalent because these foolish large families can't afford to feed their armies anything else.

  • walkingdowntown Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 27, 2010 8:05 a.m.

    Interesting timing. The Salt Lake County budget is usually not announced until mid November

  • Hellooo Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 26, 2010 9:52 p.m.

    Actually, Proteos the 4th century was not bad as civilizations and governments go. The need for a large staff is just not required if the County has the appropriate administrators in place to manage and report their activities. If they do not then no amount of staff can make up for it. I for one do not see prudence in this budget, but I do see politics. Hopefully, the county has a better understanding of who their mayor is after his campaign for governor and will thank him and send him on his way after the next County election.

  • PK Highsmith Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 26, 2010 8:55 p.m.

    Re: Proteos

    Salt Lake County's budget is $842 Million for those 1,034,000 people (this number the Mayor is throwing around has no relation to reality. Check the auditor's website in SLCo if you don't believe me. See the 2010 adjusted budget, page 15 for proof). The population of Salt Lake County is almost exactly equal to that of Weber, Davis, and Utah Counties combined. It's within 20,000 people. Why is that significant?

    The budget of those three counties combined is $205 Million. That's only a quarter of the cost of government in Salt Lake County. That's government bloat right there.

    The reason the salaries set me off? In 2004, when Corroon beat Nancy Workman, he chided her for:

    1. 10 employees who make $100k+ in her office.
    2. Having a Mayor's Office budget over $1 million.

    He promised to fix both.

    Today, Mayor Corroon has a dozen employees making over $100k. The budget for the Mayor's office, if this year's increase of $400k is approved, totals over $5 million.

    I don't believe much the man I once voted for says anymore. Herbert in 2010.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 26, 2010 8:18 p.m.

    Gov. Herbert may not have Corroon's level of education but he has a 100% chance of taking this election and it will be Herbert who will continue to sit in the Governor's chair come next January.

    Corroon on the other hand won't even take Salt Lake County in next Tuesday's election. Now how smart is that?

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    Oct. 26, 2010 5:57 p.m.

    So those poor city employees have had a hiring freeze. So has everyone else. How many city employees have been laid off? Cutting spending is the way. Mr. Corroon may have degrees, but we still have the best run state in the nation. Why go to a Democrat when the worst run states are all Democrat other than California where we have a RINO.

  • PK Highsmith Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 26, 2010 5:13 p.m.

    Noticed Mayor Corroon included a $400,000 increase to his own office budget. That office keeps getting bigger and bigger. How many more $100k + employees do you need?

  • KM Cedar Hills, UT
    Oct. 26, 2010 3:52 p.m.

    Why do we continue to treat county and state and federal employees better than the private sector employees? "they have endured hiring freezes, early payout for retirement, etc..." Poor babies! You should try going it alone with the government and your competition trying to knock you out.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 26, 2010 3:36 p.m.


    To base your votes soley on the education attainment of the candidate is foolish.

    When you consider the number of scientists and great thinkers that came from little education. People who have invented and envision great things for their people and for nations.

    Not a smart idea to discriminate against those that couldn't afford to pay a school to give them a degree. Utah has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation, when compared to the intellectuals of California, New York and other liberal blue states.....we seem to manage just fine.

    Ever noticed that? Have you noticed that "stupid" Utahns have less debt than California? Who's dumber? The one that borrows and spends or the one that saves and pays when they have the money? I can tell you what the end game would be. I don't need a finance degree or an engineering degreee to figure that out.

    Speaking of engineers why do planes still crash? Remember the shuttle when it blew up? It's possible for smart people to look over simple things you know.

  • boozilla Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 26, 2010 3:32 p.m.

    sodiedog: How is a property fee different than a property tax? The fee is more regressive. Big corporations and McMansion owners pay less but seniors and working families pay more.

    Too many people involved with the Corroon campaign seem to think they can spin their way into an alternative reality. That is why he will lose Salt Lake County, and the rest of the state, in the election. Unfortunately, the people who need to learn lessons from this campaign either won't learn a thing or will learn the wrong lessons.

  • williary Kearns, UT
    Oct. 26, 2010 3:18 p.m.

    Couldn't agree with you more Rox.

    A Democrat proposses a prudent budget and Republicans look to discount it. A Republican running for office proposses more prudent budgets and they are an American hero!

    Just the Tea Party at work.

  • sodiedog Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 26, 2010 2:57 p.m.

    So, Rifleman would rather have a major property tax increase than pay the fee? Missed you at the public hearing. No one spoke for higher property taxes in the unincorporated area.

  • Rox Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 26, 2010 2:55 p.m.

    To elaborate....Mayor Corroon has a Civil Engineering bachelor’s degree, a master's degree in Real Estate Development and Finance, as well as a law degree.
    Mr. Herbert doesn't have a diploma.

    Who is better suited to run a state?
    This isn't a mom and pop laundry, it is a massive fiscal responsibility.

    I will not vote for someone for governor who has no complete education, and neither should anyone else.

  • Rox Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 26, 2010 2:45 p.m.

    Way to go Mr. Corroon.

    I See that you have 3 college degrees and Mr. Herbert "attended BYU".

    We need somebody smart to run this state.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 26, 2010 2:19 p.m.

    Would Corroon's "prudent budget" eliminate the extortion "fee" they started charging citizens in unincorporated Salt Lake County for police protection previously provided by the Sheriff's Office and which was paid out of county taxes?

    The United Police Department provides the same identical exact services using the same identical peace officers that were formerly sheriff's deputies.