One of the important items on the November Election Ballot will be the Change of Government issue. Voters will be asked to vote on whether to change from a three-member, full-time commission form of government to a five-member, part-time county commission with an appointed manager.
That is a very short sentence for a very big decision. If you would like to delve into the subject, you will find two reports on Tooele County’s website. Volume 1 is the Change of Government Board’s “Recommendation Report” and Volume 2 is “Artifacts or Backup Documentation.” Volume 1 is 66 pages and Volume 2 is 322 pages. I hope that tells you how much work went into this study. The board has dedicated the better part of two years to this project. To view the reports, see www.co.tooele.ut.us/boards/governmentstudy.htm
Information on this study will be published in the Transcript Bulletin, as per Utah law, as well as being on the county website. There will also be arguments for and against the ballot proposition from citizens on both sides of the proposition.
“To prepare arguments for or against a ballot proposition, an eligible voter shall file a request with the election officer (county clerk) at least 65 days before the election at which the ballot proposition is to be voted upon. The last day an eligible voter shall file a request with the election officer to prepare an argument for or against a ballot proposition is Sept 4 at 5 p.m.”
“The initial argument cannot exceed 500 words in length and must be submitted no less than 60 days before the determination date (election).” For more information on the arguments for and against, go to the link listed above.
Last week I had to do one of the hardest things I’ve ever done: not certify a petition. I have processed many petitions in the 28 years I have worked in the Tooele County Clerk’s Office, but have never not certified one. Whichever side of the Stansbury Referendum Petition you are on, a lot of work went into it by concerned citizens. I hope they do not give up on the way government works, but continue letting their voices be heard. To see the letters issued by me and the Tooele County Attorney, got to this link: www.co.tooele.ut.us/clerk/pdf/SP-Referendum.pdf
Property Valuation notices have been sent out. If you did not receive your notice, please contact Marie in my office at mmartinez!tooeleco.org or call 435-843-3147 to see if it has been returned undeliverable. The front of the tax notice shows the new value of your property, and Truth in Taxation meetings for entities that are raising taxes. If you disagree with the value established by the Tooele County Assessor’s office, please go to https://boe.tooelecountyonline.org/ to file an appeal. The back of the valuation shows who to contact if you see any problems with your notice.
For information on abatements available to help with your taxes (Disabled Veteran, Low Income) please contact Holly in my office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 435-843-3143. Please realize that we must follow state guidelines for property owners to receive the abatement. For more information, please go to this link: www.co.tooele.ut.us/Auditor/abatements.htm
If you have any questions, please contact me at email@example.com or call 435-843-3148.
Marilyn Gillette is the Tooele County Clerk/Auditor