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Editor’s Musings: Your vote counts in local elections
Oct 31, 2013 | 1388 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print

By Tom Busselberg

Managing Editor

This general election really DOES count.

Whether you vote early, through Friday, Nov. 1, or did so by mail, it’s all good.

But for those who still can vote, I believe now is that time.

What, you say? Bother with these measly local elections? They can’t compare to last year’s heated Presidential debates, or the knock-out fight for a Utah Senate seat, and on and on.

How can this local election matter? Where have all the TV ads been, driving one and all almost to the point of insanity? 

It isn’t always the loudest or shrillest voice that matters.

I believe that’s how it is in this general election. The actual election day is Tuesday, Nov. 5 for those who won’t have already voted before.

It is your elected officials who get to consider, maybe vote on that new four-way stop sign, or a new storm sewer.

But rather than repeat what I feel like I’ve said ad nauseam, let me just encapsulate what appear to be the hot-button issues. 

I’m only going to touch on the high priority issues in city council and in some case mayoral races in the communities where the Davis Clipper has its largest subscription base.

I’m listing each city in alphabetical order:

Ґ Bountiful:  Continuing the vitality, growth of the downtown, drawing  businesses that pay life-sustaining wages; maintaining infrastructure. 

Ґ Centerville: Sorting out the city’s ongoing agreement with UTOPIA and how to compensate for the financial pinch; West-side development.

Ґ Farmington: The still unofficial West Davis Corridor alignment. The city’s explosive growth management.

Ґ Fruit Heights: The development of a trail system in a city that hugs national forest land; a city-owned cemetery.

Ґ Kaysville: A proposition on the ballot lets voters decide how the city’s “excess” electric power funds should be used: only for power  needs or other city needs.

Ґ North Salt Lake: Getting Stericycle out of the city; guiding development on the city’s west-side.

Ґ West Bountiful: Candidates’ issues range from maintaining the city’s golf course to assuring aging infrastructure such as how the water system is maintained.

Ґ Woods Cross: Building a new water treatment facility tops the agenda, along with air quality and development of the Legacy Gateway area on 500 South.

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