Peter Corroon says his legacy is restoring public trust in county government

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  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 28, 2012 11:02 a.m.

    I don't care if he buys cheap shoes. That's his choice. From the looks of his home, he hasn't been cheap or frugal with it. Not that it's a bad thing, but, cmon.

    I guess a guy driving a corvette could pull up and use a coupon at the drive thru and call himself frugal.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Dec. 26, 2012 9:23 a.m.

    Caroon's legacy? The big tax raise. I would have closed all of the counties rec centers. They are a financial drain and compete with private business. I also would have found a whole bunch of county employees to fire or let retire.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Dec. 25, 2012 8:20 p.m.

    'One 'Aw shucks' wipes out all the "atta boys.'"

    In the case of Mayor Corroon he really dis a pretty good job. Up until he snuck in a 16.2% tax increase AFTER the election, ehlping insure that his party's nominee would win.

    Sorry, Peter, your legacy is ONLY the 16.2% tax increase. A cheap, partisan, political hack move, out of character, but very revealing at the end.

    And, since taxpayers have no one to turn to for a 16.2% pay raise, don't tell us that WE should cut our spending on our families, instead of the county government reducing unnecessary services or cutting salaries.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Dec. 24, 2012 11:52 a.m.

    @ Blue

    It is interesting how many people say "It's onmly the price of a pizza so it's ok." My goodness, when you factor in the city, the county, the state, the water district, another water district, the sewer district, the land-fill district, the fire district, the metro police force, etc there's so many taxing entities that just want that "little pizza" that pretty soon you won't be able to eat because you gave away ALL your grocery money to the beauracrats for each one to have a little pet project or some unneeded expenditure. Add to that the local school district and their "take" and pretty soon you have no where to live. After the feds get us pushed over the fiscal cliff you won't be able to afford clothes, either, so we can all play "emporer" and decide how nice we look in our new clothes that don't exist.

    When is "enough" actually "enough?" Government spending is an insatiable disease!!

    Every new Mayor wants to build something with his name on a plaque attached by the entrance---EVERY ONE!!

  • Diligent Dave Logan, UT
    Dec. 24, 2012 10:32 a.m.

    "(Peter Caroon) says he believes the hallmark of his two terms as Salt Lake County mayor is leaving the county in better stead than when he started, restoring confidence in county government and improving employee morale. But he also leaves on the heels of a 16.2 percent tax increase, drawing the ire of critics."

    Opposing the building of a soccer stadium with public funds (with which I agree he and we all should be against) does NOT make up for the years of growing spending per capita (in SL County). Peter Carroon is NOT redeemed thereby.

    I live northward, but a sister of mine who has closely followed & watched SL County government has told me over the years how Carroon & all the Democrats controlling SL County government have caused spending to blossom way too big, growing per capita spending (hence, not just because SL County has grown in population, but PER TAXPAYER spending has grown ENORMOUSLY under Carroon and his fellow spend-thrift Democrats."

    Furthermore, IF Carroon supposedly did not have the scandal with personal use of funds as happened under his Republican predecessor; he lost all that with the sky high end of administration tax hike, BIG TIME!

  • Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 24, 2012 9:27 a.m.

    "a tremnendous (sp) tax increase"

    "a gigantic increase"

    Look, it's $64 per year for the average homeowner.

    I waste more than that taking my family to a restaurant that we later conclude wasn't worth the trip. It's not the end of the world.

    You guys have odd definitions of "tremendous" and "gigantic."

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 24, 2012 9:16 a.m.

    I would have believed it until the blind side tax increase. Taking credit for keeping taxes low until you left office and then letting the new mayor deal with a gigantic increase does not restore confidence. It only makes one wonder if another shoe is going to drop.

  • Why would I? Farmington, UT
    Dec. 24, 2012 9:00 a.m.

    Why would I think it was commendable to ignore the financial situation for 8 years and then, immediately after the election, require a tremnendous tax increase? Such handling of the people's economic funding sopeaks volumes about the lack of courage to monitor and correct deficentcies in governmenot over a matter of years abnd then suddenly scream that everything will be a mess unless the tax payers bail out the county.

    Remember when Prop 13 was passed in Califoernia and the threats from public officials that fire stations would be closed, even placing signs on them stating such, before the election?

    When it comes to taxes and politicians there are few that are honest, if any.

    Farmington kept from raising taxes on their new city hall by paying "interest only" on their bonds so they wouldn't be retired and the citizens wouldn't enjoy lower taxes and then have to vote to raise tham to bback to that level to build the new building. Their city leaders proudly said "We built it without raising taxes." They didn't say they denied tax relief for their citizens for about 6 months because they were afraid the new bond wouldn't pass otherwise.

  • Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 24, 2012 8:00 a.m.

    Thank you, Mayor Corroon, for your integrity and leadership.

    To the comments above - do you seriously mean to tell me you _didn't_ know a tax increase was coming?

    Do you think that just before an election, when thoughtful, deliberate analysis of complex issues is stomped on by ranting campaign hype, that _anyone_ could have a reasonable conversation about that subject?

    Do you get it that a majority of Republican council members were the ones who approved the tax hike?

  • thunderbolt7 DUTCH JOHN, UT
    Dec. 24, 2012 6:16 a.m.

    Apparently keeping taxes low is not of interest to Corroon. "Corroon did not present his proposed budget — which required a 16.2 percent property tax increase — to the council until after the November election." Or, maybe he's trying to create a smokescreen, obscuring citizens's knowledge of what is going on?

  • wazzup Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 24, 2012 12:45 a.m.

    i don't think you restore public trust by passing a property tax increase AFTER the election in order to help your candidate. Nice try but he didn't restore public trust in county government.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Dec. 23, 2012 11:19 p.m.

    "The state is run by a few power brokers. If you get on their bad side, things can be made difficult for you,"

    Must be tough for a Democrat. Life would be so much easier if Utah was more like Illinois where that kind of thing doesn't happen.