Speaker accuses city of being 'hypocritical,' 'irresponsible' in agreement with developers
Am I the only one who gets suspicious when Greg Hughes flexes his political
muscle in an effort to close a land deal? Is it merely a coincidence that Hughes
just happened to be lurking in the shadows around scandals involving developers
Marc Jenson and Terry Diehl or Rep. Enid Greene's former husband? What am I
supposed to think of a guy whose vision to solve the complex issue of
homelessness is to use massive police force to run the homeless out of the
neighborhood where all the homeless services are located? As a citizen should I
not worry that under Hughes' leadership of the Utah House of
Representatives last session, several bills emerged in which the Legislature has
attempted to usurp power away from the Executive Branch of government?
''"They will have to come back to the city both for land use and
for tax increment reimbursement and apply for approval'' which
indicates the Salt Late City, after a century and a half, still hasn't
decided what to do with the area. No hurry here for an inland port, it seems.
It's right for the State to say 'dance, or get off the floor.'
Mr. Hughes can claim all he wants. But the facts stand that just a couple years
after forcing the new Prison site on SLC, he then turned around and stole a
large chunk of the city for state use. The Inland Port Bill creates an
independent agency to manage and profit from this "Inland Port" Giving
the state a great deal of tax revenue, While requiring the city to provide
utilities and services with zero taxes from the property.Hughes
needed to be removed years ago, before he forced the Prison move debacle on us,
and before this massive land grab that is sure to bring more pollution to this
valley. We don't need this "Port", And if we did need
it, Ogden would be a far better location being right on the Transcontinental
Would seem to me that the city of Salt Lake would have the right to give away or
keep whatever tax incentives it wishes. That is the city's right. I
don't think that people (law makers) who claim to be in favor of local
government should be taking land from local control. It seems to me to be the
dictionary definition of a hypocritical stance. Funny how local government
supporters become big government actors when they get the chance.
if you read the article you will see why hughes wants this. Its tied to the %
of money that gets paid BACK to developers.....
The Salt Lake port authority, if it were to get approved would cost taxpayers
untold amounts of money. To even think that this would benefit anyone but the
few wealthy is a fabrication!People, keep your eyes on this and FIGHT!
If it is such a great idea, Hughes should have it done in Draper, on site of the
current prison. He couldn't do that, Draper wouldn't let him back in
After hearing the Speaker substituting on a Utah radio station this week, he
definitely wants to leave his position with this action not having negative
reactions.The GOP wants to emphasize state’s rights but for
citizens in cities have rights too.Who is calling the city’s
legal process flawed? Has the Supreme Court of Utah ruled?
This sounds like Republicans are trying to take power away from the city because
they want the tax money, their favorite thing. They want to take power away
from the liberal bastion of Dems in Utah.Remember when Hughes and
Niederhauser used their insider information to buy land around the area where a
TRAX station was to be built? Does Hughes and/or his buddies already have a
financial stake in the development of this land?Republicans are
always crying that "local control" is the best way to handle things. Now
Hughes wants a bigger entity to take land, power and money away from the local
Salt Lake City grabbed the county's land use authority in the canyon using
the extraterritorial watershed police powers the State granted First Class
cities under Utah Code 10-8-15.Then Salt Lake City grabbed any new
city's land use authority in the canyons by having the State create new
Mountainous Planning Districts.Then Salt Lake City grabbed any
remaining land use authority in the canyons by creating the Central Wasatch
Commission.The Central Wasatch Commission is promoting 8,000 acres
of new local wilderness which will create a ski resort monopoly pricing locals
off our slopes. $200 ski tickets for New Yorkers.If your a small
canyon land owner outside SLC, your land use rights are crushed by SLC. SLC cuts your water access. SLCO cuts your zoning. SLCO Health Dept cuts
your septic access. The Forest Service receiving SLC extra watershed protection
funds cuts your road access. Salt Lake City is a great city, but
Greg, Greg. You won. Remember?
Mr. Hughes is the Utah State taxpayers worst nightmare.