Group sues Pleasant Grove, claiming 'underhanded' road utility fee is illegal

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  • Soccermom10 Lindon, UT
    Aug. 6, 2018 6:00 p.m.

    The city council was very open about their intention. The candidates who were against the fee and for getting rid of services were not voted in. It is pretty clear that the citizens have voted for what they want. This is sour grapes and really makes a mockery of our political system. They want the council weakened because they didn’t get the result they wanted. A large majority of the city is for the fee. What a waste of time and money to have to fight this lawsuit.

  • just saying 1956 Spanish Fork, UT
    Aug. 5, 2018 10:31 a.m.

    Spanish Fork Has been doing it for Years. They call it a storm drain fee It adds fifty dollars to my bill every mounth We have really nice roads

  • Imprimis American Fork, UT
    Aug. 4, 2018 11:43 a.m.

    Applying fees to avoid taxation hearings and direct citizen voting is a poor leadership practice.
    It reminded me of an experience I had with a Utah city hall in one of our large cities. I paid my business license in person and took the opportunity to ask what this money was used for. The person at the desk looked startled, paused a moment, then said, "It's used to support the business license department." I said, "You don't want that to be your best answer, do you?" to which she replied, "I guess not." She then went and got a long-time city employee. He also seemed startled by the question, but offered that it was to pay for fire and police inspection and protection. I said "I thought that's what taxes were for." The discussion pretty much ended there.
    Fees, et al, in place of open, straight forward discussion of taxes = a very bad trend. I hope no one wants to be known as an obfuscation facilitator but that's what many have become.

  • rodan32 Orem, UT
    Aug. 3, 2018 9:58 a.m.

    Cities like Pleasant Grove who haven't been careful with handling growth are going to be challenged when their infrastructure wears down. Roads in PG are already pretty appalling. If the people of that town don't want to pay for the roads they use, the smartest thing would probably be to go back to gravel for some low-use residential streets. That'll make it easier to replace the sewer when that comes due as well.

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    Aug. 3, 2018 9:45 a.m.

    Anytime a group calls out a bunch of sneaky politicians it is good for the Republic. Politicians do not often have the courage to call a tax increase by its' honest name.