Thanks to the Park Record for writing two stories (one here and one here) on our efforts to get the two recent tax increases in the County on the ballot in 2014. Sometimes “We the People” must show our elected officials who is boss. As Councilwoman Elliott pointed out, the tax amounts are relatively small on an inexpensive home. Motivation behind the referendum was the ease at which the Council moved forward to pass the tax increase, for a few to bear, and the fact the money was spent before the tax was even finalized.
Mssrs. Hanrahan, Elliott, Robinson, and McMullen (Dave Ure voted no) fail to understand that increasing taxes has a long-term impact on several aspects of our County development. This tax increase comes on top of a school tax increase, and unless the Council balances the budget, we will likely see more County tax increases in the future. Property values normally go down as tax rates go up, because new buyers are reluctant to purchase homes in areas where taxes are increasing. That will discourage companies from moving to Park City, as it becomes a higher cost place to live. The people of Summit County have had to tighten their belts. It’s time the County Council do the same.
Here is a picture of a Summit County Truck that is parked in front of the Boot Barn in Evanston, Wyoming where the County employee drove a heavy-duty vehicle at the expense of the County (translated the tax-payer) to Evanston to go shopping. The picture illustrates that the County Council could do a better job of cracking down on waste in their budget before they start raising taxes.
I got a call from Sheriff Dave Edmunds intimated to me that the County was planning to cut a number of his deputies if the tax increase did not go through. As a County, I hope everyone comes out to sign my petition so we can send the message to our tax-and-spend Council to take care of waste before they fire police officers. We have plenty of places to cut from non-essential services before we take from the “proper role of government.”
Stay tuned to a bit more on this story in the next few days. The next story just might make your blood boil.
If you would like to help and cannot take around petitions, you can help by sending a check to a PAC helping with this effort to the address below. (This PAC is registered with the State of Utah.)
Citizens for Fiscally Responsible Government, c/o Jacqueline Smith, 1965 S Hoytsville Road, Coalville, UT 84017
You can also contact me by email and I will get you set up to help. You might even be able to earn some money. We have a few weeks left to make this happen.