Why the rush? Who is behind stuffing this annexation down our throats? Will it
really save money when you take into consideration of all expenses to start up a
township? Personally, I think those wanting to start up this
township have been exposed for their short shortsightedness and greed.
I live two streets from Holladay. I've researched the taxes I pay and the
taxes paid in Holladay and this year my taxes in the county are double my
Holladay neighbors. What's my choice? I identify with being
part of Millcreek. I want to be a city and preserve the community I chose when I
moved here. I want to have more control over when and how my taxes are
assessed. As long as the County can create special districts and charge only my
unincorporated neighbors, why should I let them be both my City and County govt?
Is it called "greed" when I want to keep my tax dollars in
my own community? It it called "shortsightedness" to now realize that
my taxes in the County have more than doubled in the 10 years I've lived in
Millcreek? Failing to take action now is giving the County a green
light to continue to raise taxes and to prevent our input on any of the services
or utilities.I believe in making choices, not standing by, hoping
the County will be "nice" to Millcreek. I choose City of Millcreek.
In the 1970's salt lake County voters rejected City/County consolidation in
favor of wall to wall cities: Its time for Millcreek, Kearns and Magna to
incorporate or annex and get the County out of the City services business
Completely agree with you, Kathy. Pro-incorporators have consistently pushed the
fear of being gobbled up by neighboring cities and site that as one reason to be
a city. It's completely unfounded. As you stated, the process would be the
same, city or no city.Now Amy Johnson, I know your pro group has
tried to document how taxes would be lower through incorporation. I've seen
the line-item comparisons. But these are simply not accurate comparisons of the
total tax burden. You've got to get deeper than just comparing one line to
another. And Millcreek doesn't export money. The claim we are exporting
just isn't true. There's plenty of evidence of this. Even the
Feasibility Study states Millcreek has 40% of the unincorporated population, but
34% of the tax base. And for distribution of taxes, there are formulas to
balance out the distribution.
The pro-incorporation movement has operated their campaign on a basis of fear
and deceit. You've paid $5000 for a clearly bias feasibility
"update" --and have been reprimanded by the mayor as being unethical.
You've sent out mailers with inaccurate tax figures and were corrected by
the county since it wasn't an "apples to apples" comparison.
You've included an insert in the Valley Journal without any citation it was
a political advertisement. The list goes on and on...The idea of
creating a city was worth exploring, but the answer is to remain as is; there
are no benefits. And with such deceit, incompetence and scare tactics of this
pro-movement, there's no way Millcreek residents can trust them. The
community feel will continue to be preserved as a township, and the only way to
do this is to vote NO on incorporation.
Everyone wants facts: Millcreek "taxable values" - applying the tax
rates of the County vs. surrounding cities; Millcreek (including Franchise Tax
rates from the other cities) is paying $4,000,000 more each year to have
services provided by the County.The $4 million increase this year in
property taxes is a substitute for the previous UPD Fee from the past two years.
Therefore, the UFA & UPD "County" excess revenues over the past
three years (if you add the UPD Fee) has been about $12 million dollars more in
Property Taxes and Fees. The choice is so clear, stay with the
County and pay a lot more, or get your own City with local leaders who can be
held accountable by you and your neighbors. No one wants to overpay
for anything they purchase, yet the opponents of Millcreek incorporation seem to
not care. There is NO efficiency getting your Municipal Services from a County
or service district - in which you have very little say who is elected or
appointed.There are so many community benefits when you become a
"real" city. Local concerns are best met with Local leaders - you
don't get that with County-wide officials. Support Millcreek