Com­mis­sioner seeks in­put on po­ten­tial tax in­crease

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It has been an honor to serve as your com­mis­sioner the past two years. There are a lot of things hap­pen­ing in Utah County and we need to make sure that we are plan­ning ap­pro­pri­ately for the fu­ture.

Dur­ing this re­cent bud­get sea­son, we have re­al­ized that the county has been ac­com­plish­ing many great things. The ques­tion be­fore us is to de­cide whether to con­tinue on the cur­rent ser­vice level that we are at or whether or not we should cut some ser­vices. I am ask­ing all cit­i­zens to weigh in on this over the next year. The county can­not con­tinue its level of ser­vice on the cur­rent funds and would ap­pear to need dis­cus­sion on a slight tax in­crease - slight mean­ing $5 month on the av­er­age $300,000 home value. That would al­low the county to func­tion on its cur­rent level for the next 15 to 20 years with­out change to the rates. The county has not raised taxes since the mid ‘80s. Only cities and school dis­tricts have.

The mis­con­cep­tion in this is that growth takes care of the bud­get short­falls. That is par­tially true; how­ever, if taxes had an in­fla­tion­ary ad­just­ment on them, then we would never need to raise taxes. Since cost of liv­ing gen­er­ally in­crease ev­ery year, so does the cost of gov­ern­ment.

We con­tinue to scru­ti­nize ev­ery dol­lar that we spend, it is just time that the peo­ple get more in­volved with the county gov­ern­ment so that we can rep­re­sent your opin­ions rather than just guess­ing. With the growth like it is, our staff has done a tremen­dous job of keep­ing up with record­ings of deeds, plats, etc. In fact, our county web­site has 250,000 to 500,000 hits on the records web­site each day. That is just one small part of how growth is im­pact­ing your county gov­ern­ment.

The rea­sons for this dis­cus­sion are sim­ple. The in­fla­tion rate has in­creased more than 100 per­cent since the last rate change. Things are cost­ing more, and that’s why we need to de­cide what type of gov­ern­ment from the county that we as the peo­ple want to have. I am avail­able for all res­i­dents to dis­cuss this at any time you would like.

We have con­tin­ued to run this county on the prin­ci­ple of “we do more with less.” We are not look­ing to change that in any way. We are try­ing to con­tinue with the great tra­di­tions of the past while giv­ing the peo­ple the gov­ern­ment that they want. I hope that you will take the op­por­tu­nity to reach out to me and let me serve you the way you would like. Thanks again for the con­tin­ued honor to serve you all. I can be reached at 801-851-8136.

Utah County Com­mis­sioner

Greg Graves

Photo by Betty Davis

Springville Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 28 vis­ited five as­sisted liv­ing veterans homes in Springville and Maple­ton for Vet­eran’s Day and gave each vet­eran a vet­eran-style cap for their ser­vice in the Armed Forces. The homes vis­ited in Springville were Can­ter­bury, Reids Park Place, Ash­ford and Stone­henge. In Maple­ton, the le­gion mem­bers vis­ited The Ab­bing­ton. All the Veterans said they will en­joy the caps. Shown above at The Ab­bing­ton home are Le­gion mem­bers Com­man­der Fred Hurst, Richard Money and Keith Davis.

Greg Graves­the

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