Outgoing councilmember accuses Logan council hopefuls of mis-statements

She’s not running for a third term, but outgoing Logan Municipal Councilmember Tami Pyfer said she feels personally attacked when candidates throw out untrue information regarding Logan’s financial situation. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Tuesday, Pyfer said the three candidates endorsed by the Independence Caucus — Mike Morrill for Mayor and Tony Wegener and Steven Stokes for council — have acknowledged being wrong when they said the city was $74 million in debt. Now, she says, Morrill said on KVNU that Logan subsidizes 60 percent of its budget from utility revenues. Pyfer said only 8 percent is transferred back to the general fund. Pyfer said the city owns its own power plant and that is a return on its investment. So, she asks, would the candidate want that to stop? “Here’s what would happen: you lose those transfers, we transfer 8 percent into the general fund and that makes up 15 percent of our general fund budget, not 60 percent as Mike Morrill stated, where would we get that money then if we don’t get it from transfers?” Pyfer asked. “We bring in about $4.7 million in transfers, our property taxes, we only bring in about $1.6 or 7 million dollars,” She said if you do the math you’d find that property taxes would have to go up by 250 percent. She also took issue with a statement by Council Candidate Tony Wegener that city water standards do not meet state code. She said that is “absolutely untrue.”

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