The relationship between overlapping public entities is vitally important for the success of our communities.
Common thought holds that government is simply a controlling body with diverse differences between tiered objective levels and conflicting legislative agencies. It is also easy to think that all levels and branches of government should naturally coalesce because they all govern.
Whether it is a city, a mosquito abatement district, the federal government or government in general, cooperation is essential and economically sensible.
The importance of working together and communicating among government entities is exemplified by the elimination of double taxation. Instances of where these levies have been sizably cut are found in the use of gymnasiums.
Layton city set the precedent by teaming with the Davis School District and dividing the cost of new gymnasiums at Central Davis and Legacy junior high schools.
Centerville, Bountiful, West Bountiful, Woods Cross and North Salt Lake followed by combining resources to build a recreation center on the campus of Bountiful Junior High School.
Clearfield has also teamed with the school district to build a sports complex at North Davis Junior High.
On the federal level, a grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development gives cities the opportunity to partner with local school districts in providing high school students with hands-on instruction in home construction.
Once built, the house is sold at a reduced price to allow police officers, teachers and public servants to live in the community they serve.
Forging new territory in administrative efficiency that will save the nation millions of dollars, the Air Force is cooperating with the state of Utah and local communities to create the Falcon Hill development at Hill Air Force Base by moving the west fence line eastward to make room for private development.
Hill Air Force Base has also worked cooperatively with Layton in constructing an East Gate that will facilitate better traffic flow and help solidify the base’s mission by having needed inventory at its front door by means of a business research park, which is under development.
Also in line with pursuing a common goal is how state and local governments work together through the Utah Department of Transportation to find appropriate corridors for road alignments.
With an understanding that there are many levels of government, one can recognize that they are most effective and economically frugal when they cooperate.
Steve Curtis has worked as a business consultant and communication specialist. He is currently mayor of Layton. He can be reached at email@example.com.