Is Salt Lake County really a democracy?

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    Jan. 25, 2014 1:39 p.m.

    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.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Jan. 25, 2014 8:01 a.m.

    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.

  • jcbrad Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 24, 2014 5:18 p.m.

    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.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 24, 2014 2:17 p.m.

    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.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 24, 2014 12:56 p.m.

    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.

  • Good_Wise_Judgment Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 24, 2014 11:12 a.m.

    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 good thing.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Jan. 24, 2014 10:48 a.m.

    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.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 24, 2014 9:11 a.m.

    IMO it's not perfect... but it's better than any alternative I know of.

    What alternative are YOU proposing?

    Jan. 24, 2014 8:56 a.m.

    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?

  • Ranch Here, UT
    Jan. 24, 2014 7:19 a.m.

    Utah's government is a joke even to Utahns.