Sorry; I've not heard what the "problems" are that require solving.
We have unified police and unified fire departments, except for those cities
that opted out. I'm happy to live in an unincorporated part of the county.
Cities like Sandy have invested a lot into their own municipal facilities. I
don't think they want to merge with the county.
I live in Kearns and I don't want to be part of West Valley, Taylorsville,
or West Jordan. Maybe we can get Murray to annex us. We're only five
I wish the proponents of neighborhood government would list the diverse needs of
separate cities of the county. I think the needs of a citizen for city
government are the same not only for all of the county but even for the state.
Perhaps even for the nation.Every level of government is a hotbed of
opportunity for unscrupulous politicians to rob the taxpayer. The fact is that
government decides who gets to be rich and when you have a multitude of
governments you have super multitude of people competing to take your money.
When you have separate governments according to physical
boundaries, you are controlled by the elected leaders of your town. Yet the
location of your residence may be closer to city center of the next town of
which you have no say. If you live at the edge of your town and across the
street, the next town wants to place an undesirable building, you have nothing
to say. Would you rather have a system that took your concerns in a sphere of
distance rather than political lines decided by businessmen.
Why not just make it so Salt Lake is a City and County like Denver? Everyone in
SL County would also be in SL City. The address structure is already in place.
Imagine how much taxes could go down as all the administration costs would
decrease greatly. The whole county would be able to be under the Salt Lake
School District, that would remove the need for all the additional
administrators there.That would remove all the problems with
possible incorporation issues.If that doesn't work, why not
legislate that SL County be broken into 3 cities? Salt Lake would extend south
to 5400 South fully east to west. Jordan would then start where SL ends and
extend down to 11400 South again,fully east to west. Draper could then extend
from there until the Utah County boarder.The same rules as above
would apply for all city and school district administrations. Taxes would go
down and services could be increased. Neighborhood or City identities could
remain and be provided representation on the various City Councils.Either of these ideas would solve most problems within SL County regarding
incorporated and unincorporated areas, planning, zoning and development.
The letter writer says the cities need to be absorbed by their neighbors or form
their own city. That's fine, but the voters in Millcreek have consistently
voted against incorporation or merging. The last vote was just 18 months ago. I
don't know if Kearns, Magna or the other smaller unincorporated areas have
voted on this, but Millcreek chose this path, not Mayor McAdams. This seems like
he's trying to come up with a solution since Millcreek doesn't seem to
want to pick either of the two options the letter writer proposes.