AWOL on S.L. tax hike

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  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Jan. 5, 2013 7:19 p.m.

    The most important thing that an elected official can do is to listen to the people who elected him. He shouldn't pick a time to show up when only those who are friendly to his wishes are present, but most politicians were never know to stand for anything but themselves.

    NO TAX money should ever be used to partially fund parks, zoos, trax or entertainment. Either the public should pay a tax and then get "free" usage or they should not be taxed and pay as they go. Making us pay for the Zoo or the Symphony and then charging an entrance fee is unconscionable. Those who can't afford to visit the Zoo pay or the Symphony are paying for those who don't need to be subsidized.

    Politicians love to give "freebies" to their big money donors. They love to spend tax money to woo those who will pay for their next election.

    If elected officials don't show up, fire them immediately.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 4, 2013 5:24 p.m.

    again you focused on the amount of the tax and the budget issue, which was not the point.
    so you're still OK with the disdain shown by the politicians by not even showing up?

  • 1conservative WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Jan. 4, 2013 1:45 p.m.

    The budget hearings were not so much a farce as they were "business as usual".

    I've attended several county budget hearings, and several city ones also. Yes, the elected reps. pretty much have decided BEFORE the budget hearings how they're going to vote, but not always.

    The sad part is; I ALWAYS read of the displeasure the taxpayers have with their elected local reps. but very little ever comes of their complaints.

    Citizens should/need to be more involved. Run for office. Get your neighbors together to attend budget hearings as a bloc.

    One, (or even a dozen)complaints won't do much, but dozens, or hundreds WILL make a difference.

    There's always room for more citizen involvement but they need to do more than just complain in the DN!

    Jan. 4, 2013 12:14 p.m.

    The County's fiscal condition was not hidden from anyone. It was regularly discussed at Council meetings. The County's fiscal documents are public records. Anyone can contact thier representatives at any time and get the answers to any questions. Did you ever attend a Council meeting, read the posted minutes of those meetings, or contact your council representative for information?

    My elected representative had my permission to raise taxes by such a small amount to keep libraries and rec centers open and to begin to make a dent in the huge backlog of necessary capital improvements (all of which are available to the public to read.)

  • Christian 24-7 Murray, UT
    Jan. 4, 2013 9:44 a.m.

    I for one will not be voting for any of the current councilmen to return. None of them told the public about the problem before the election. They were all complicit in keeping the county's financial problems from the voters when they needed the information.

    I will actively campaign against all of them, regardless of party.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 4, 2013 9:01 a.m.

    what's YOUR limit? How high do YOU want taxes to be on your home?

    But the amount of the tax is not necessarily the issues. Nice attempt at obfuscation, though.

    The real issues is the utter disdain for their constituency shown by these politicians. They have a few more years until they face re-election (we don't know for sure what Carroon is going to do), so they feel they can ignore their constituency.

    They are supposed to be representatives, not dictators. I guess you're OK with a dictator as long as it's only an extra $5.50 a month?

    Jan. 4, 2013 8:53 a.m.

    How many people are going to lose their homes because their taxes went up $5.50 per month?

  • Midvaliean MIDVALE, UT
    Jan. 4, 2013 7:53 a.m.

    Yes this reeks of a political ploy.