Voters denied choice...
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Grand County has voted repeatedly to approve our non-partisan, seven-member council form of government over the past 25 years. Now the state legislature, working with local Republicans, has taken that choice away from us. As things stand after House Bill 224 was passed, Grand County’s voters will be faced with voting on a new form of government where none of the choices will be the current form of government — which is non-partisan and has term limits. I stand by the adage, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Who had the discussion that it is now broken? With all the shenanigans going on in Salt Lake City and Washington, D.C., I really appreciate our non-partisanship style of running the county.

Curtis Wells, a current at-large member of the Grand County Council is also a board member of the Utah Association of Counties. UAC, which was closely involved in the drafting of H.B. 224, is supposed to look out for Grand County’s interests at the legislature. However, Council Member Wells failed to appropriately notify the council or Grand County citizens that this bill would outlaw our current seven-member non-partisan form of government.

What’s up with that? Sounds like the fox guarding the hen house.

—Carol Mayer

Moab


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