Op-ed: Proud of priorities and long range plans for Logan City

Many of you know me from my eight years on the Logan City Council. But I have been involved in helping the broader Logan community for over 25 years, beginning with work on the Ellen Eccles Theatre in 1991 and Mt. Logan Park in 1993. What I’ve learned is that problems are solved by hard work, collaboration and involvement.

It’s easy to walk in from the outside and criticize, but more difficult to spend time working to be part of the solution. If there is one thing I hope Logan’s citizens know and respect me for is always being prepared and always being at the table representing their interests. I am proud of my track record and the teamwork that has moved Logan City forward over the last eight years.

Contrary to my opponent’s ads, the city has NOT “wasted millions” nor made “outright gifts to wealthy developers.” Logan City property taxes have NOT gone up – in fact, they went down this year. A home with a $150,000 tax valuation would pay about $317 in 2017, $20 less than 2016, even after factoring in a small tax increase in the library fund rate. My opponent is either misinformed or misrepresenting the issue.

In Utah, most property taxes go to fund schools. Voters have approved new school bonds in both Logan and Cache school districts. Logan has NO control over those taxes. County taxes have also increased. Again, Logan has NO control over county taxes.

As a council member, I have worked to make Logan City operations open and transparent and will continue to be honest and open about data, budgets, purchases, project studies and plans. I do my homework and check facts. I ask hard questions, listen to people, and work well with others. The city has many complex problems and a limited budget, but Logan City is in excellent financial health. Working together with staff, council, and the public, we balance our budget annually, have reserves for emergencies, and plan for the future. I am proud of our priorities and long-range plans, which have or will improve key infrastructure as our city grows. Some of those projects include:

<ul><li>A new landfill (with an 80 year capacity) and transfer station. This project came in $2M under budget.</li><li>Plans and financing for a new water treatment plant. The city will save $2.27M in financing costs over the life of the loan because of our good credit and management.</li><li>Drinking water and city well upgrades, and planning for a future water storage tank.</li><li>Transportation improvements on 100 East, 200 East, 1800 North, 600 East, and significant investment in new curb, gutter and sidewalk.</li><li>Maintained an outstanding bond rating and flat operating budgets for all general fund departments.</li><li>Updated city-wide software with one time savings of $750,000 and annual savings of $20,000; redesigned and outsourced city website, saving $60,000 annually.</li><li>A number of economic development efforts, including recruitment of a California company, Electric Power Systems, to relocate from Los Angeles to Logan.</li><li>A new Fire Station to serve the fast-growing Southwest area of Logan.</li><li>Upgrades to our 911 System and police technology.</li><li>The Library hosted over 220,000 visitors in 2016.</li><li>The power department, in 2016, rebuilt substation 6, replaced 30 rotten poles, rebuilt one major transmission loop and installed a number of new street lights. Our electricity reliability rate is exceptional, a real advantage when we are recruiting new industry.</li><li>Parks &amp; Rec has maintained and enhanced our wonderful parks, added over 11 new miles of trail, new Pickleball courts, repaved several cemetery roads and made improvements at the Rec center.</li></ul>

This has been a team effort, and I review this list to let you know your tax dollars are being used wisely to improve our city and invest in our future. I am proud to have been part of that good work, and if elected, I pledge to continue that effort.

Logan needs a strong, thoughtful leader for Mayor. Please vote Holly Daines for integrity, experience and leadership.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact me at hollydaines.com or my hollydainesformayor Facebook page.

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