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THE Davis Fall Sports Preview Now with local college football, Page C1 Clipper 50 Cents Quilt Crazy at BDAC, Page B1 Vol. 120 No. 43 County job outlook Page A10 Thursday, AUG. 18, 2011 W.B. OKs $8.5 million expected from District hike smaller tax increase BY LOUISE R. SHAW Clipper Staff Writer BY BECKY GINOS Clipper Staff Writer WEST BOUNTIFUL — In a surprising turn of events, the West Bountiful City Council approved a property tax rate hike — but at a significantly lower percentage than previously proposed. “People’s voices are heard,” said Mayor Ken Romney after the vote. “Some residents thought it was a done deal. Come to meetings and your voice will be heard.” “It’s hard. The city has been discuss- There’s never ing a tax a good time to increase for months, citing raise taxes.” a desper– West Bountiful ate need for City Administraroad repair tor Craig Howe funding. Last Thursday night, Aug. 11, a Truth in Taxation meeting was held to allow public comment on the proposal. “We had about 70 people there,” said City Administrator Craig Howe. “Nobody is happy about it (tax increase). It’s hard, there is never a good time to raise taxes.” At Tuesday night’s council meeting, a couple of residents gave one last plea for the council to reconsider the tax. “I’ve seen the accounting and I agree this increase is needed,” said one resident. “I’ll stand behind whatever your decision is, but I hope it will be in the citizens’ best interest.” Another resident reminded the council of hardship cases with people on fixed incomes and without jobs. “This property tax could cause an impossible situation for some of us. We suggest more alternatives be considered.” Resident Terry Olsen agreed with the others. “Honestly, I feel that you really need to reach into your hearts and think what’s best for the community.” Apparently, their comments and those from the Thursday night meeting did cause the council members to rethink the tax rate. “I have struggled with this,” said council member John Baza. “This budget is not an easy one. After all, we can’t print money like the federal government. People will suffer if we ask them to pay extra taxes. “I believe the city government should listen to the voice of the people. I’m doing this for what I personally believe in. On my own volition, I’m voting against it.” The crowd erupted in applause after Baza’s impassioned statement. Several other members n See “W.B.” p. A4 FARMINGTON — Citing a variety of reasons for their votes, from the need to invest in students of Davis County to the need to make up for inadequate state funding, Davis School Board members on Tuesday, passed a resolution for a tax increase that will bring in $8.5 million for district schools. The increase will add $67.98 to the school district portion of the yearly tax levy on a residence of $200,000. The district’s budget of $382 million largely goes to fund salaries and benefits, accord- ing to Craig Carter, business administrator for the district. He indicated that the loss of revenue due to the economy and Utah’s new flat income tax, combined with an increase of 3,000 students since 2008, has brought on the budget challenge. Of the $8.5 million added, $2.5 million will be used to decrease class sizes in kindergarten through third grade, allowing the addition of 30 to 40 new teachers. “I was elected to make sure our children are receiving a quality education,” said board n See “$8.5 MILLION” p. A4 THE ANIMALS were just as curious about children as the children were about the animals at the petting zoo run by Rockin E Country Store at the Davis County Fair. Benjamin Philpot was one of many enjoying the first day at the county fair, which runs through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Legacy Events Center in Farmington. Photo by Louise R. Shaw County fair keeps focus on safe fun Organizers work to avoid repeat of Indiana fair tragedy BY TOM BUSSELBERG Clipper Editor FARMINGTON — Now in full swing, the Davis County Fair staff has done everything they can to make sure attendees only focus on the fun. The hatches are figuratively secured, and the tent stakes have been double checked. That’s all in the interest of safety for the thousands of county residents expected to converge on the Legacy Events Center, here, for this year’s Davis County Fair, Index which runs through Saturday night. There has been heightened interest in safety precautions and procedures following the wind and storm-related tragedy that struck the Indiana State Fair Saturday night. That incident toppled a stage where entertainers were due to perform for thousands of fair goers. Five people were killed after the 40-foot stage collapsed, some of it into the front audience area. “We followed common procedure,” said Mike Moake, events specialist. “A lot (of Business.............................A10 Calendar.............................. B4 Church life........................A14 the tents, other temporary spots) are set up by Diamond Rental, and we doublechecked everything to make sure” it was secure, he said. “The big tent can withstand up to 90 mile per hour winds,” but he emphasized if there’s “a thunderstorm, lightning, then we’ll tell everybody to get off the grounds.” Last year, a torrential downpour and accompanying winds struck the fair on Thursday, and it meant most vendors and others shut down. “We use common sense,” Davis Life............................. B1 Horizons.............................. B6 Health...............................A13 he said. Large barrels are in place to help further anchor tents, said County Commissioner John Petroff, who noted that a major windstorm earlier in the week didn’t cause any noticeable damage to the fair grounds. “We’re excited and looking forward to having a great experience again” this year at the fair, which annually draws more than 40,000 to the west Farmington site. Thursday, Aug. 18, the family-friendly outdoor movie will n See “COUNTY” p. A4 Obituaries......................... B11 Sports.................................. C1 Youth.................................. B2

Davis Clipper August 18, 2011

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