Bears Ears National Monument proposal “Dirty Tricks” Exposed

The left-leaning, Boulder, Colorado-based Public News Service published a story on June 14 accusing those in opposition to the proposed Bears Ears National Monument of using false information, veiled threats, and intimidation to turn San Juan County, Utah residents against the proposal. The story begins: “Groups advocating national monument status for the Bears Ears region of Utah say opponents are using false information and veiled threats to intimidate local residents. Native American and conservation groups say a well-funded campaign in Southeastern Utah is posting forged federal documents on bulletin boards at stores,…

Utah Property Taxes: What is a certified tax rate?

Each year each county in Utah calculates a new certified tax rate for all taxing entities (i.e. cities, school districts, and service districts) within their jurisdiction by taking the property tax revenue collected the previous year and dividing it by the current assessed property value within the taxing entities (exclusive of new growth). This is the tax rate is then applied to all assessed property (including growth) and the new total becomes the base for next year. Another way to say this is if our home value doubles then our…

America needs healthy balance between federal, state governments

By Marty Holmes Implicit in the concept of balance is the idea that two different things can be true at the same time – much like work and play. We put forth great effort and exert ourselves physically and mentally, but we eventually need to rejuvenate ourselves by having fun. Such is true in all aspects of life – whether it be our diets, our exercise routines, or simply how we allot our time. Life should be governed by this principle, and politics is no exception. Today a lack of…