Keep Grand’s destiny in local hands...
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The Grand County Council is on the verge of creating a new layer of government that is potentially both very expensive and detrimental to our interests. The proposed Seven County Infrastructure Coalition grants blanket permission for the coalition to build infrastructure projects in our county even if Grand County opposes them. The proposed coalition allows elected officials appointed to its board to draw salaries on top of what they get from the county.

Grand County has long appeared to be the odd ball in rural Utah politics because of our love of our public lands, including the national and state parks, our adoption of a county wilderness plan, our heavy economic dependence on tourism and recreation and our political and cultural diversity. We have been the envy of other rural counties because our economy has prospered while other counties in rural Utah have languished or been overwhelmed by booms and busts in extractive industries.

The coalition seems to be an effort to bring us into the fold of conservative rural counties that oppose conservation with knee-jerk regularity. Our interests are not the same as Daggett, Uintah, Duchesne, Emery, Carbon and San Juan counties. Let’s not give them a blank check on our posterity.

We can still join other counties in supporting specific projects without the risks of this new government agency.

Urge our county council members to vote “No” on the interlocal agreement. Keep Grand County’s destiny in local hands.

—Bob Greenberg


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