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Based on several articles in recent issues of The Times-Independent, it appears that Grand County Council Member Curtis Wells feels that he only works for the people who voted for and support him. Mr. Wells needs to be reminded that all of the taxpayers in Grand County pay his salary and those of his fellow council members.

We do not have a choice; if we do not pay our taxes we can lose our homes. Mr. Wells takes that taxpayer money, and in return for that money he has a fiduciary and ethical responsibility to treat all of the taxpayers with honesty and respect, to do otherwise essentially constitutes fraud in my view. To go behind the backs of Grand County taxpayers and put our form of government in the hands of the State of Utah, rather than the local people who have voted for our form of government on multiple occasions, is deceitful in my opinion.

I believe that the Grand County Council needs to take a couple actions: First, Mr. Wells should be stripped of any and all committee assignments since his candor in reporting committee activities is in question. Second, since he has stated that he is only representing the people who support him, rather than all of the taxpayers who contribute to his salary, his salary should be cut by approximately half and the council should attempt to claw back from him approximately half of the money he has been paid to date.

If Mr. Wells’ name were to appear on a recall petition in the near future, I would happily, openly and honestly add my name to that petition.

—Jeff McCleary

Moab

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