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November 19, 2013
Unfair blame on commissioner

I am submitting this as a counter to the recent letters to the editor blaming Tooele County Commissioner Shawn Milne for the recent budget cuts and tax increases. I want to point out the deep rooted financial problems in the county were present years before his election and were so severe the county was on the verge of insolvency. I am dismayed that members of the community take the time to write to the editor and place blame on the one person who has been a catalyst for change without realizing the role all other previous elected officials had in the situation.

Yes, the cuts have been hard and have affected numerous citizens in this county. It is worth noting however, that the financial problems the county faced were due to decisions (or lack thereof) made over the past 10 years. It is completely unfair to place blame on the shoulders of a single person (seems to be Commissioner Milne who takes the brunt of the blame). Even if you disagree with the budgetary decisions of the past year, remember there must be two of the three commissioners approving decisions, not just one.

Andrew Hall

Tooele

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