This is going to be a short post. Basically, there is only one candidate (Ernie Cox) that is even willing to look at cuts related to the city budget. All other candidates are incumbents or former incumbents who have supported various taxes and government intrusions into the private sector (be it recreation centers, RAP taxes, forced recycling, transfers from the city power company to cloak tax rates, and streetcars etc). Based on the above link from the Standard Examiner, Cox seems to be the only fiscal conservative of the bunch who may, at least, provide for some debate or opposition at council meetings. This may be important as the Mayor and council continue to pursue stuff like streetcars.
Based on data passed on by a reader, an opposing voice is sorely needed:
Voting Record of the Sitting Bountiful City Council
Total Aye Votes
Total Nay Votes
% Yay Votes
-The last time voting was not unanimous was 7/27/2010 (Moss voted Nay on Bountiful Lumber Development motion)
-Voting was completely unanimous in both 2011 (to date) and 2009.
-The last time a motion did not carry (pass) was 12/9/2008–nearly 4 years ago (Knight, Holbrook, Tolman voted nay on
Extension of Sunset Provision)
*source: Minutes from Bountiful City Council Meetings
Over a four year period (2008-2011), the current city council votes the same (yea) 99.69% of the time. I would expect city councils to have relatively high agreement percentages given the higher proportion of ‘gimme’ issues they encounter but only disagreeing 0.31% of the time seems pretty excessive.
Finally, here are the absences are as follows (includes late arrival or early departure which results in missed votes):
Food for thought when voting this year.