Budget shortfall means a change in spill, accident response
It interesting how government over-budgeting and excessive spending is all of a
sudden shortfalls requiring the immediate raising or taxes to cover hurricane
losses in the storm of economic despair. Instead of thinking of
these as shortfalls, why shouldn't they be considered excessive spending
for frivolous controls. This kind of department this country is talking about is
the responsibility of the state, not city and county governmnet that has limited
localized power to enforce theses kinds of regulatory agency's.Over budgeting should become the new goal of government to cut and limit
services and agency's with no real powers. Most likely the regulatory
agency's are being used to collect fess of some kind rather than provide a
public service. This is the kind of government that must be eliminated that is
specialized industry dependent just to collect fees for no real crime. It costs
more to maintain it than it can collect in frivolous penalty fees created to
harass an industry on trumped up accusations for more money.These
are the kinds of government taxes and laws that are diving business out of
I don't quite understand My2Cents contribution here. The
Tooele County problem occurred due to poor planning. A new jail was
constructed at a cost of $25 million with the belief that federal prisoners
would fill it. The federal prisoners didn't materialize. Now this new
jail is costing the county about 2.3 million a year more to operate then the old
jail did. The county is forced to foot this bill. The gross
revenues coming from Energy Solutions, Clean Harbors and the other hazmat
handlers in Tooele County was badly over estimated for this year. These two budget busters, the new half empty jail and a reduction in hazmat
moved into the county, created a $5 million shortfall this year. This is an
example of extremely poor planning on the part of the elected officials charged
with overseeing the publics' interest. The department cited in this
article is just one of many that have been shuttered in an effort to make up for
the $5 million shortfall.
It would be helpful to see the history of actual responses to spills and their
ranking. With the destruction of the chemical weapons stock pile, I believe
that maintaining the same level of response is over kill.
Let private companies inspect themselves.Let private companies take care
of it themselves.Private companies can always be trusted to do it better
and cheaper than evil Government.Conservatives haven't got a
Great article! The facts are the hazmat team had been dealing with incidents
like this for the past 20 years, and have provided lots of hours of training to
the area responders. I think this was a huge mistake to have illiminated the
hazardous materials division from the Tooele County Sheriff's Department.
Obviuosly they did not think this through! Now all of the citizens of Tooele
County are at a huge risk.
Okay, everyone agrees it would at least be "nice to have" the current
hazmat folks continue in operation, or maybe even a necessary expenditure.But, unlike to clown posse in Congress who can borrow and spend forever
(and send us the bill!) the local government cannot do that.Tooele
County is $5 million short for this year, so cuts have to be made. Where?
Schools, cops, road repair, dog catchers, libraries, retired pay for former
employees, etc? If you do not like the cuts to the hazmat crew,
then tell us EXACTLY where you would cut to save at least as much money! The
county commissioners did not just pull agencies to defund out of a hat, they
looked at where all the money is being spent and had to decide (with public
votes!) where the cuts could be made with the least negative impact. Critics
need to do the same, not just whine about what was done by people elected and
paid to make tough decisions.As far as revenue estimates being
wrong, yup that stuff happens too.And, raising taxes is NOT an
acceptable solution either.
Wait until we have a catastrope un Tooele county. Then everyone will blame the
govenment for lack of oversight and failing to protect the public. I am all for
cutting spending, but not in aread that compromise public safety. I would
rather pay more taxes than have my health ruined by an accidental exposure to
When government says the term shortfall, its a warning sign that increasing
taxes are mandatory to sustain there level of frivolous spending.If
the county mandates an environmental organization has the power to tax and levy
fines then that organization is not required as governess responsibility. It has
also been made notice that weigh stations are a federal agency controls and not
county operations.Often times our government is shutting down some
necessary government responsibility and use them as leverage to fake increased
taxes. Budget shortfall mean excessive spending, not the need for higher taxes.
All government heads must evaluate and eliminate any agency and funding non
essential to serving the public. Government serving business can and must be
scarified as non essential and dropped from tax base.Government
leaders are denying the fact that the Utah economy is a hoax and it is not
sustainable with a population of 3 million living on poverty income and jobs.
According to federal studies and reports, base line poverty is at ~$50,000/yr.
Only people and foreign nationals overpaid on welfare and food stamps can
qualify as poverty stricken. Adjusted federal COLA sets independent middle class
income at $250,000/yr.