I would like to applaud Mayor Steve Hiatt and the city council members concerning the announcement of the new "government transparency" tagline on the Kaysville city Web site, as reported in the newspaper, as well as the live video feed of the city council meetings over the Internet (Feb. 18, "Kaysville honored for public access of info"). It is not often that we see a government entity respond so well to the ideas proposed by the platform of opposing candidates during a recent election in Kaysville last November.
After candidate Ron Barton disclosed the low rating given to Kaysville's transparency by the Sutherland Institute of Utah during the election campaign debates, the current council and mayor were in agreement that improvement was needed, and acted accordingly.
In addition, they have increased their support of local businesses as they attend to the purchasing needs of our great city, which was another highlight included in the platform of their opponents during the election. Also, during the February 7 city council meeting, the establishment of the Kaysville City Electric Utility Enterprise Fund's cash reserve policy was on the agenda, another need which was pinpointed by opposing candidates. Unfortunately, the item was tabled for the time being.
Let's all take advantage of this transparency, by attending council meetings and being aware of what is being done in our behalf!