He’s been gone for three months, but Republican Val Potter said it felt “like home” to meet with the Cache County Council on Tuesday evening. Potter left the Council at the end of December 2016, after he was elected to serve in the Utah State Legislature, representing Utah House District 3. Potter called his first legislative session a great experience and shared his belief that many of the 500-plus bills passed this year will really help the people of Utah.
Potter said he was pleased that near the end of the session, enough money was found to give public education a four percent increase. Even so, he acknowledged that some people thought it wasn’t enough.
“I think the Legislature’s been very open about the fact that we’re opposed to the discussion that’s out there from the Utah First (Education First Utah) and a few other people that want to see a tax increase of, I think 7/8 of a percent, which would amount to about $750 million for education,” he said. “We all know that education is important, but we feel that would be detrimental to the people of Utah.”
Prior to serving in the Cache County Council, a position he held for six years, Potter served as mayor of North Logan City. He was replaced on the council by Gina Worthen, a former vice chair of the Cache County Republican Party.