Davis County Commission, Seat B
Compiled by the Davis County chapter of the League of Women Voters
I will focus on debt and transparency (which are one and the same issue), air quality and water issues during my campaign and term as commissioner.
The real issue facing Davis County is long term growth and vitality. Overseeing businesses is an important part of the commissioner job, yet we must always remember that the people who live in the community come first. Individuals and families Сpeople С come first, not businesses. I have a woman’s perspective on the issues facing Davis County. I see with compassion and understanding and desire to strengthen our community by caring for the people who live here.
Davis County is a great place to live, yet we live with the worst air quality in the state. Our beautiful mountains trap pollutants in our cold air, creating an inversion. This inversion has been compared to the situation in Los Angeles, Calif., 10 years ago. Let’s listen to the experts and take the necessary steps to make changes. Cleaner transportation and easily accessible public transportation are key issues. Our state has done a good job connecting north and south, with Frontrunner, and now it is time to connect east and west to mass transit. Living on the northeast side of the county as I do, Frontrunner is inaccessible and inconvenient to use. We have purchased a natural gas car and would love to see more stations in Davis County.
Davis County is a great place to live, yet each year we worry about whether we will have the water necessary to meet our needs. We live in the second driest state in the nation. We have to address the issue of water conservation. Why aren’t we encouraging low water usage plants in our neighborhoods? I often see parks, cities and businesses watering while it is pouring raining and during hot summer afternoons. There must be ways to conserve more and use less. Let’s consult the experts and work together to find the solutions to meet our water needs.
Davis County is a great place to live, yet our county debt has doubled in the last six years to a grand total of $81.8 million. In 2008, Davis County’s long-term debt was $44 million. When I discuss this with people, they do not realize the amount of debt incurred by the county. Where is the transparency? The mentality of placing debt burdens on our future does not serve the people of Davis County. Let’s pay for things as we go. When, at a Davis County Chamber of Commerce Legislative Meeting, I asked where the money would come from for the new Davis County Corridor (which may very well be needed) I was told they would ‘find it somewhere’. Do you know where that money will come from? Your pocket. Instead of planning for the future, our current commissioners have artificially inflated the value of our homes, thus increasing our property taxes.
If you want more of the same, keep voting the same. It is always about people, not businesses.
Pam Udy, writer, speaker, and mentor С see CirclesofTime.com. Advocate for families, active in the community. Mom of five, wife of 22 years, 17 year South Weber City resident. See votePamUdy.com