Are Salt Lake County residents ready for a new form of government?

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  • arand Huntsville, u
    Feb. 20, 2014 9:51 a.m.

    I moved here from CA 8 years ago to escape what was happening there and now I see it playing out here in UT., but I still see UT. as one of the stronger states. I just hope we can keep it that way.

  • Strider303 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 20, 2014 9:31 a.m.

    Maybe we need to consider that if the goal is local control and input into how a local area is governed and receives municipal services we will wind up paying more for that style of government, and not gripe at the cost. Oh, we will all need to be willing to participate in various citizen committees, boards and such.

    If, we are focused on cost per service and want to relinquish some or most of our ability to give input and have it considered then one layer of government may be the way to go. If we choose that road, we no longer are participants but spectators. Instead of petty fiefdoms and power centers we will have mega-power kingdoms and fiefdoms of which we will be obedient serfs.

    IMO all most of us want is the basic municipal services to be provided at a reasonable cost, and to be left to live our life, with liberty, and pursue our elusive happiness goals as best we can.

    We need public servants but should be wary of those who seek power to accomplish their dreams for our own good. Just sayin'

  • StateTheFacts SAlt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 20, 2014 9:19 a.m.

    McAdams is visionary and sound. For the past twenty years and now for the foreseeable future people in this VALLEY don't live in boxes drawn by imaginary city boundary lines. SL Valley Metro should compete with the Denver Metro areas to effect real economic growth, stabilize government services, taxes and expenses. Reference to kingdom-building in this valley is a major source of wasted and duplication of tax payers money. It's time SL Valley steps up and consolidate government services at the same time provide truly effective regional service such as the UPD and UFA. Go Mayor McAdams!

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Feb. 20, 2014 8:03 a.m.

    My2cents, I disagree. Having all the local fifedoms in law enforcement is just plain stupid. Criminals know no bounderies when they commit crime. They will do it in Murray just as easily as Taylorsville. I am in favor of a metro police department for the whole valley. It is a better allocation of resources and manpower. That means do away with all municiple police departments, Salt Lake included.

    Individual departments are a huge drain on a city and are the biggest part of the city budget. Why do you thing Midvale and T-Ville joined with UPD.

    By the way the T-Ville police department that you apparently pine for was one of the worst at violating rights as you put it, and giving tickets for minor offenses such as not stopping on the stop line at a stop sign.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Feb. 20, 2014 2:43 a.m.

    This proposal is too contradictory with powers that will undermine all the city's and local governemtn in the county. This man is trying to incorporate all of SL county into one city and it won't work, to have a 2 tiered state government system, the county and the state residents rights will be abolished with a massive city government controlling the whole county.

    Conflicts of power and controls is to massive for too few people to control at the county level. Independent city and county government must be maintained with councilmen of cities and county in constant conflict. This proposal stinks of communism and propaganda controls and individuals rights diminished by a government to massive to care about individuals rights. Cost is an irrelevant issue, rights and freedom comes first.

    What we need to do is abolish the UPD and UFD and put law enforcment back in the hands of local city government. Local government made a big mistake finance and combine UPD and UFD into one giant state law enforcement agency with no local, county, or state oversight. They have gone out of control violating individuals property and constitutional rights with no loyalty or trust in the people.

  • Good_Wise_Judgment Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 11:42 p.m.

    I agree with 1conservative's assessment. The whole Salt Lake Valley should've been one city. Sadly, that train has left the station and because of poor public policy choices in the past, we are still dealing with this issue in 2014. In the end, the County should get out of municipal management business, but I do think they offer cities great regional service options. The main problem is there are too many conflicts-of-interest by having a County Mayor represent all the residents in the SL Valley and THEN watch after the special municipal interests of residents in unincorporated County. Hard to serve two masters.

  • 1conservative WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 6:53 p.m.

    The best answer by far would be to have just one county government and eliminate all the different city governments. Have a council or a board setup by region and by population.

    Of course it would eliminate a lot of the "kingdom building" that goes on in the various cities such as nepotism, over-promotion by the city leaders, etc., which WOULD infuriate the big wigs at the city government.

    Sometimes local residents think that if they could "just get control" they can do better for their particular neighborhoods and areas.
    Truth is, I've seen cities incorporate over and over in this valley, but I don't see much difference in what actually HAPPENS once they do incorporate.

    Sometime, (if you are really bored) you could go onto the website that shows the various salaries of local government leaders and add them up.
    Do you REALLY think all those bosses' salaries are making the community that much better?