As Deseret Chemical Depot (DCD) was winding down, Tooele County had some CSSEP money. They didn’t want to give it back, so they put some county money with it, and built the Emergency Management Center. All of it was our tax dollars. If there is a natural disaster, they will use a Mobil Command Center that they can drive to where the disaster is, not a building on Main Street. I wonder what the maintenance and utility cost are on a building that we really didn’t need in the first place. DCD completed their mission and CSSEP shut down. One of the leaders retired and the other became the county spokesmen. Since Commissioner Shawn Milne has been elected, it seems that he does most of the talking.
I called Shawn on the phone and told him Tooele County was broke and I wouldn’t mind having my taxes raised. He told me that he had talked with people on fixed incomes and they didn’t want their taxes raised to keep Deseret Peak Complex open. He and Chris Slone then posted some comments from our conversation on Facebook and I didn’t feel like it was very professional.
Tooele County went broke the day the governor of Utah signed the “Not in Our Back Yard” legislation. Texas got the waste and the mitigation money, and Tooele County got the shaft.
If Jim Gowns were still in the legislature I don’t think that that would have ever happened. EnergySolutions is the graveyard for hazardous waste. Once it gets there, it can’t hurt anyone.
I will leave you this week with a joke: “God gave us all common sense, but if you become a politician, He takes it back. To be continued.