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Letters: Kaysville residents didn’t vote fot tax hike
Sep 03, 2014 | 1845 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Dear Editor:

In the recent “truth in taxation hearing” held in Kaysville for an increase of 99.6 percent raise in property tax, the majority of the Kaysville City Council voted to approve the raise. This was in spite of 75 percent of people who spoke against the raise. The only dissenting vote was from Councilwoman Susan Lee. Ms. Lee presented cuts to the budget that, if adopted, would have resulted in a 45 percent decrease of the 99.6 percent making the raise in taxes only 54.6 percent.

This majority of the city council (four men) also voted to do an “end run” around the majority vote of 2010 to build a “too large, elaborate police station.” At this time, this huge building is being erected in the center of Kaysville without the consent of the people or a way to pay for it. They (city council) had to raise property taxes of about 45 percent to pay for this station.

Officers of the KCRG offered to help the police chief get support to build a reasonable police station. He accepted their offer, and then disregarded it by allowing the city manager’s plan to push a more expensive bond on the citizens which did not allow for a citizens’ vote. It is the same police station voted down in 2010.

This building is a monument to “GOVERNMENT WASTE IN ACTION!” and will be a reminder forever of the day that the city council ignored the majority of the citizens of Kaysville.

Roger Butterfield


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