How much will come out of residents’ pockets if the voted leeway passes in June? School district officials are revealing the amounts as they prepare for upcoming informational meetings with the public.
Morgan County Council members are praising Morgan City’s efforts to hire an event coordinator for the annual 4th of July celebration at Riverside Park, but is stopping short of promising money toward the coordinator’s paycheck.
When Morgan City and Morgan County came together last week to discuss the future of the ambulance department, fire protection, recreation department and 4th of July celebration, the debate centered on the effectiveness of interlocal agreements as well as the moral and legal ramifications of those agreements.
Three residents have applied to fill the vacancy on the Morgan County Council representing District 5. Jared Andersen, James Brown, and Austin Turner applied for the position left vacant after Councilman Don Mathews’ death.
The Nov. 20 canvas changed the outcome of the Morgan County School Board Precinct 1 race between incumbent Jody V. Hipwell and Lydia Nuttall by just one vote. On election night, Hipwell was the winner by 23 votes. After all the provisional ballots and absentee ballots were counted, Hipwell won by 24 votes.
In both of Morgan’s only contested local races, the incumbents came out on top—so far. In the Morgan County School Board Precinct 1 race, Jody V. Hipwell beat out opponent Lydia Nuttall by just 23 votes. Although the final count Tuesday was 418 to 395, county officials are waiting until Nov. 20 to count all absentee and provisional ballots. Precinct 1 has 28 provisional ballots and 12 absentee ballots, or 40 votes that could still make a difference.
Many view Morgan County as a sleepy town slightly removed from the crime and drugs along the Wasatch Front. But Interstate 84 makes sure the county is on the footpath of many criminals travelling to and from other locations.
Mike Waite is the newest full-time Morgan County employee, accepting the newly created county facilities manager position. When the job description was created in June, the Morgan County Council envisioned the position would oversee the county’s parks, road, weed, fairgrounds, and building and grounds departments.
Although the Morgan County Council prepared an offer to purchase the former bus garage property on State Street, the Morgan County School Board decided to accept another offer from a commercial entity.
In the throws of budget turmoil, the Morgan County School District is motivated to sell its old bus garage property on State Street. Superintendent Ken Adams said there has been interest in outside parties purchasing the commercial property, including renewed interest from Morgan County. The school board went into executive session Tuesday to discuss real estate negotiations with the county. They planned to have something in writing for the Morgan County Council to consider during their Aug. 21 meeting.
Soon after parents buy the new school clothes, pack the backpacks, and pay registration fees, they will be facing another school-related expense: new taxes. On a split 3-2 vote, the Morgan County School Board narrowly passed a tax that will increase the property tax on a $200,000 home $14.96 a year.