Friday, October 11, 2013

Fire Tax Flames Out

This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.  (TS Eliot)

After nearly year of meetings, theatrics and a citizens' referendum, the 80% proposed and approved   TAX increase for the Wasatch Fire SSD, it all ended in confusion, lack of answers and NO tax increase.
  • Not because 20+ % of the voters (2156+) formally objected by signing the petition, 
  • Not because the Fire Board was convinced that the tax was too high,
  • Not because of lawsuits,
  • But simply because, they did not read, understand or follow the procedures and the law.
The Utah Tax Commission sent a letter to the Council explaining the deficiency. Read the letter here
  • Apologies?
  • Explanations?
  • A new era of communication, transparency and proper budgeting to come???
Hopefully we will not have a recurrence of this same fiasco in 2014.

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