The candidates' literature, as they were running for public office, stated the following: Commissioner Adams said he "would be as fiscally conservative as possible," he "will be available to hear concerns or questions at all times," not only will he listen, "but I will make things happen. I am prepared to fight for you and make a difference in the lives of all Box Elder County citizens."
Commissioner Tingey stated, "The first budget cut I will recommend will be my own salary as a county commissioner," It is time we put "service" back in "public service!"
Auditor Kotter stated, "Now is not the time for an increase in government spending."
I'm disappointed that when they were elected they didn't keep their word.
I went over the county employees wages, several received an increase in their salaries anywhere from $2,000 to $6,000. When I asked why, it was stated that they needed to make their salaries comparable to the same positions throughout the state. My question is, who will help the private citizen increase their salaries? The government keeps taking more money from each citizen to take care of government programs and workers with no thought what it does to the private citizens income.
The commissioners did receive an increase: $717.40 in earnings, $360 for cell phone allowance and $10,349 in employee benefits. With a commissioners salary of $41,350 each, they really didn't need an increase.
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men (women) do nothing" -- Edmund Burke. "We are not here to sit by complacently while our birthright of freedom is exchanged for a mess of socialist-communist pottage"-- Ezra Taft Benson.
Please reduce the size and cost of our local government. This is a continuing battle of choice versus force. Let's choose freedom of choice!
DeAnna Hardy Brigham City
I attended the Box Elder County budget hearing in which the budget was increased to $31,612,072. Tooele County has a higher population and their budget is $23 million. Why is the budget of Box Elder County so high?