We in Kaysville are experiencing the same type of problems as Eagle Mountain residents. Our city council has been raiding the money we pay for electric rates since the 1980s. Answers to GRAMA requests show over $22 million has been taken from the electric fund to speculate on raw ground, fund new police officers and other projects. The reason the city allows this is because it can avoid “truth in taxation” laws. It removes all transparency from the government, and allows for the city officials to avoid accountability.
This year is the second time several groups have united to put a resolution on the ballot for Kaysville residents to vote to stop this type of boondoggle. Two years ago, the city returned an initiative twice and only approved the initiative on the third time. This ate up valuable time because we only have until April 15 to get the required signatures.
Finally, (city) attorney Felshaw King wrote to the city recorder, “However, a later Utah Supreme Court case held that nothing in the initiative statute authorizes the city recorder to make any independent determination of whether the application should be approved and the petition issued.”
The city had no right to reject our initiatives in the first place. This time, the city’s not refusing it, they’re eating up as much time as the law allows.
The finance director promised to have his financial information finished by March 8. It is finished, but the city has not released the initiative. Mayor Hiatt has written: “We totally support the Constitutional right to petition, and follow the letter of the law as outlined in state statute.”
Since the letter of the law allows the financial office to hold the initiative for 25 days, this means the city is purposely holding it up to eat as much time as statute allows. Mayor, please quit playing games with our rights.
Margaret Brough, Kaysville