During a discussion on the City of Moab’s Sustainability Action Plan, officials including the mayor and city council members aired frustrations with the process of creating the plan, which has been months in the making, and which has been led by Moab’s Sustainability Director Rosemarie Russo, over complaints that Russo has failed to lead a cohesive process for drafting the plan or to amply account for officials’ feedback during its writing.
It wasn’t fat that was trimmed from the tentative $16 million Grand County budget during a Nov. 6 council workshop, it was more like cutting the least important funding requests out of a list of nothing but important funding requests.
The City of Moab is slowly moving forward with an ambitious plan to redevelop acreage that’s currently home to a few dozen old but still lived-in trailers on Walnut Lane with an affordable, mixed-income, 80-unit housing complex.
Moab city officials are processing a proposal to reform sales and income tax in the State of Utah after a state task force released the proposal late last week. Although many council members are leaning on city staff for help understanding the implications of the 182-page plan, Council Member Mike Duncan said that a proposal to rework the taxation of groceries is a concern at the front of his mind.
A warm, sunny day greeted scores of residents to the Grand County Courthouse at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, where a ceremony marking Veterans Day was held. Among attendees were these members of an honor guard, who later conducted a 21-gun salute followed by the sounding of “Taps” on trumpet by Ron Irvin.
A recent traffic study of off-highway vehicles by Moab City Police has, at least in its initial phase, yielded results that the “vast majority” of OHVs, according to Police Chief Bret Edge, are in compliance with state regulations that define what make a side-by-side and similar vehicles street legal.
Reasoning that voters won’t approve a new form of government if they don’t know how much it will cost in terms of salaries and benefits, members of the Grand County Change in Form of Government Study Committee struggled with how to make that information available.
Former San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman is representing himself in a $10 million lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management, claiming collusion between the BLM, the media, the U.S. Attorney’s office, and special interest groups harmed his business and professional relationship.
By their own estimates, backers of a proposal to restructure Utah’s tax code say their plan would decrease the tax burden on residents from all income brackets, with one exception: one- and two-person households with annual earnings between $15,000 and $35,000.
Moab is truly blessed in having an independent, conscientious, community bookstore of the highest caliber and quality. Our congratulations, kudos and thanks go out to Andy and Marcie Nettell, and the always dedicated Back of Beyond Books staff, for surviving and thriving for 30 years now, and always giving back so much to the community (Books for Tots, author readings, community events, etc.), despite the onslaught of digital media and Amazon.
A plan from the Utah State Legislature’s Tax Restructuring and Equalization Task Force would broaden the state’s tax base, reducing it in some places and increasing it elsewhere. The changes will have complex effects; while Utahns’ income taxes will decrease, sales taxes around the state will increase and appear where they haven’t been before, such as at the vet, the car wash, in taxis and elsewhere.
The Moab To Monument Valley Film Commission was founded in 1949 and is the oldest film commission in the world. On Nov. 7-9, I participated in commission’s 70th Anniversary contest, the Moab Showdown 49-Hour Short Film Competition.