After serving as campaign manager for new Logan City Mayor Craig Petersen, Greg Merrill is now taking his place on the Cache County Council. The Cache County Republican Party’s central committee chose Merrill over Richard West by a vote of 15-6 Thursday night.
Petersen resigned his seat on the county council after being elected Mayor of Logan. Merrill replaces Petersen in Logan’s northeast Logan area.
On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Friday, Merrill said he is looking forward to the job knowing there will be challenges. The council raised property taxes five percent this year and have said they plan to do the same next year.
“There are several citizens out there, especially those on limited incomes and those raising young families, that that is a significant amount of money,” Merrill said. “The challenge is how do you meet the needs and expected services that citizens are expecting while at the same time not increasing a tax burden on them.”
He said it was especially hard for some this year because both school districts also increased taxes.
Merrill has had previous political experience in that he ran Petersen’s campaign, helped with State Representative Ed Redd’s political campaign and also his sister Darla Clark’s campaign when she became mayor of Logan. But he said being a candidate had not entered his mind until now.
Merrill worked with his late father Glacus Merrill who started KBLW radio station and Merrill is now a partner in Media Services Group, involved with buying and selling radio stations. He said he is looking forward to being on the council, realizing it will be a challenge.