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21 Jun 2013 (All day)

The local levy is a very hot topic, with a $1.3 million price tag for Morgan taxpayers at stake.  The root of this issue is whether three of the five elected School Board members (a simple majority) will have the authority to decide how tax dollars are spent without input from taxpayers. 

21 Jun 2013 (All day)

…Shouldn’t we love ALL of Morgan’s kids?

21 Jun 2013 (All day)

How important is the education of our children.  In our elementary schools we have one class with 35 children, six with 30 or more and 9 with 26 to 29 and our enrollment is growing every year.  How effective can a teacher be with so many students at this critical stage of their development?  I’ve had 10 boys in our scout troop and can’t imagine how a teacher can give adequate attention to 30 students.

14 Jun 2013 (All day)

I am a Morgan County resident and taxpayer, a father with children currently in Morgan schools, and a recently-appointed member of the Morgan School Board.  I will vote in favor of the Voted Local Levy as I believe it is the best option for our current situation.  

14 Jun 2013 (All day)

I want to urge everyone to vote “NO” on the tax levy that Morgan School District is proposing.

7 Jun 2013 (All day)

As a resident of the Highlands of Mountain Green, I oppose the projected development of a multiplex apartment and residential complex near Trappers Loop on the basis of citizens’ safety and security. 

7 Jun 2013 (All day)

In January the school board invited former Rich County School Superintendent, Christine Kearl to coach them on how to pass the Voted Local Levy.  She said the key to passing the tax increase was to “focus your whole campaign and approach on the kids, not teachers and their jobs.”   

7 Jun 2013 (All day)

I teach 6th grade at Morgan Middle School, and I would like to give you my perspective as a teacher in a school district that is struggling financially. 

7 Jun 2013 (All day)

I will be voting NO for Morgan County School District voted local levy and this is why:  

7 Jun 2013 (All day)

As I have researched school district finance during the past few months, I have come to the decision to actively support the voted local levy. We have great students, parents and teachers in Morgan County who have made education a priority. Our CRT scores prove a high level of proficiency in language arts and science comparable to districts that are spending double per student annually. Some may argue that if we are meeting our basic educational goals and even beyond, why would we want to increase funding?

24 May 2013 (All day)

Why I am voting no on the Morgan County levy tax?  Morgan County has one of the highest tax rates in Utah.

24 May 2013 (All day)

After attending the school administration/board presentation regarding their proposed levy for increasing property taxes, I think that they made a fine presentation.  However, I must disagree that it was entirely factual.

24 May 2013 (All day)

This letter is written in support of the Morgan School Board’s proposed voted levy.  We have been impressed over the years with the quality of the educational programs provided for the students in Morgan County.  Our children have all graduated from the school system and have found success in post high school educational and employment pursuits.  We attribute this to the quality and effort of the educators involved in the school system, and in the leadership of those who have served on the school board over the years.

24 May 2013 (All day)

Growing a bountiful garden is a complex, evolving and sometimes trying process.  So many influences determine the success or failure of the outcome.  Is the success or failure of our children any different?  Is it any less complex?  Do we want our children to survive and just be fine?  Or do we want them to thrive and bear loads of fruit that will give back to the world around them as they mature?

24 May 2013 (All day)

Dave and I would like to thank you for your thoughtfulness and generosity you have shown our family. 

24 May 2013 (All day)

Dear Editor:
Why I am voting no on the Morgan County levy tax?  Morgan County has one of the highest tax rates in Utah.  The Morgan County Commissioners do everything in their power to drive out business.  It’s time people with large families pay their fair share.  A head tax would be a great start.  Sell the Morgan County airport to a private company and tax it.  None of the proposed tax increase will go to better pay for teachers.
~ Brent Fenstermaker 

24 May 2013 (All day)

Dear Editor:
After attending the school administration/board presentation regarding their proposed levy for increasing property taxes, I think that they made a fine presentation.  However, I must disagree that it was entirely factual.
According to the county treasurer, they received $7.033 million from property taxes in 2012.  Education presently receives 71 percent of our property taxes.

24 May 2013 (All day)

Dear Editor:
This letter is written in support of the Morgan School Board’s proposed voted levy.  We have been impressed over the years with the quality of the educational programs provided for the students in Morgan County.  Our children have all graduated from the school system and have found success in post high school educational and employment pursuits. 

24 May 2013 (All day)

Dear Editor:
Growing a bountiful garden is a complex, evolving and sometimes trying process.  So many influences determine the success or failure of the outcome.  Is the success or failure of our children any different?  Is it any less complex?  Do we want our children to survive and just be fine?  Or do we want them to thrive and bear loads of fruit that will give back to the world around them as they mature?

17 May 2013 (All day)

Voted Local Levy-Another Point of View

17 May 2013 (All day)

Having spent 13 years as the superintendent of schools in Morgan County, I understand the pressing need for additional revenues that the school district is currently experiencing.  Morgan is consistently in the bottom 25 percent of Utah school districts when it comes to expenditures and revenues per student.  Last school year, the district ranked 34th out of 41 when considering all expenditures as well as the daily operations budget.  With the exception of Juab School District, all other district with less money per student were much larger than Morgan (Alpine, Box Elder, Davis, Jordan, Nebo) and thus enjoy the advantages provided by the economy of scales.

17 May 2013 (All day)

The Voted Levy – A Parent’s Perspective

17 May 2013 (All day)

I am in favor of the voted local levy and will vote “FOR” on June 25th.  I have lived in 5 western states and have had children attend schools in all 5 of those states.  The Morgan School District is by far the best of the other schools our children have attended.  My youngest 3 children graduated from Morgan and had a marvelous experience.

17 May 2013 (All day)

Dear Editor:
Voted Local Levy-Another Point of View
 There are opinions on both sides of the issue regarding the problems created by the loss of state revenues to the school district over the past five years.   Following are some points I believe every voter needs to consider.
• Like most things of great value, education comes with a significant cost attached to it.

17 May 2013 (All day)

Dear Editor:
Having spent 13 years as the superintendent of schools in Morgan County, I understand the pressing need for additional revenues that the school district is currently experiencing.  Morgan is consistently in the bottom 25 percent of Utah school districts when it comes to expenditures and revenues per student.  Last school year, the district ranked 34th out of 41 when considering all expenditures as well as the daily operations budget.  With the exception of Juab School District, all other district with less money per student were much larger than Morgan (Alpine, Box Elder, Davis, Jordan, Nebo) and thus enjoy the advantages provided by the economy of scales.

17 May 2013 (All day)

Dear Editor:
The Voted Levy – A Parent’s Perspective
The proposed voted levy is a hot topic in Morgan County right now.  Community groups have formed on both sides of the issue and people are discussing it throughout the county.  Through my involvement as the Chair of the Community Council at Mountain Green Elementary School, I have spoken with many members of the community with wide-ranging opinions.  As a taxpayer and parent, I am deeply invested in seeking responsible resolutions to the school district’s financial challenges. I have attended two of the school district’s community voted levy presentations, and I have been attending school board meetings for the past two years. These meetings have helped me determine that the proposed voted levy is the most responsible, immediate solution to the district’s budget concerns.

17 May 2013 (All day)

Dear Editor:
I am in favor of the voted local levy and will vote “FOR” on June 25th.  I have lived in 5 western states and have had children attend schools in all 5 of those states.  The Morgan School District is by far the best of the other schools our children have attended.  My youngest 3 children graduated from Morgan and had a marvelous experience.

10 May 2013 (All day)

I will vote “FOR” Proposition #1 on June 25th

10 May 2013 (All day)

Oftentimes in debate the heart of the matter is lost in spurious details.  But occasionally the key issue becomes obviously clear.  Such a moment occurred at the Morgan County School Board meeting last month.  The proposed Voted Local Levy, a new property tax increase to fund the school budget, was the topic of discussion.  

10 May 2013 (All day)

I’m voting in favor of the Voted Local Levy for Morgan County on June 25. The levy is a tax that will generate funds to benefit students who are educated by Morgan School District.

26 Apr 2013 (All day)

“A man who breathes with soul so dead, regretting what he never said.”  John Hendrickson – Snow College

26 Apr 2013 (All day)

The family of Deone Durrant would like to thank the many people in the passing of their wife, mother and grandmother. Thanks to everyone who called, brought food and visited. 

19 Apr 2013 (All day)

 
I would love to say thank you for your thoughts, kind words, your flowers, your food, your calls and visits and your friendship that has been shown to me during my illness. I am not use to being ill, but with all of the kindness that has been given to me, it makes me again realize how wonderful people are in Morgan. Thank you again for everything. ShaRon Nelson

19 Apr 2013 (All day)

In my opinion, to take more money from the pockets of Morgan residents demonstrates arrogance of the Morgan school board members and Superintendent who want to preserve or expand the status quo rather than looking for ways to cut programs, eliminate waste, and better manage existing tax revenue.  

5 Apr 2013 (All day)

The Morgan School District brought in consultants to inform them how to get their tax levy approved.  They are certainly following the plan developed and strongly advised by Rich County and that is to bombard and propagandize the public with “it is all for the students, the students will suffer and be deprived unless we have more money.” Even one of our school board members has stated that the district may have to declare “bankruptcy” unless the levy is passed.  It appears to me that the district has learned very well from our present national political organizations and that perhaps even Obama could  probably pick up a few pointers from the school district and the school board.

29 Mar 2013 (All day)

From the family of Alice Preece: Many thanks for all the kind words, cards, flowers, meals and thoughts of our mother. We thank all of you so much. 

18 Jan 2013 (All day)

Words are inadequate in expressing the gratitude we feel for the outpouring of love and support to our family during the passing of our husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. For the wonderful tender messages in the cards sent, the lovely floral offerings, all of the visits of neighbors and friends and the food brought to our home was so appreciated. 

18 Jan 2013 (All day)

The Bert Wilkinson family would sincerely like to thank everyone for their support during this difficult time. We appreciated the food, visits, cards, flowers, attendance at the viewing and the funeral and the many stories we were told about Dad that we hadn’t heard before. 

11 Jan 2013 (All day)

Words cannot begin to express the gratitude we feel for all the love and support shown to our family during the passing of our dear mom. For the cards, food and flowers from neighbors and friends, we are truly grateful. 

11 Jan 2013 (All day)

The family of Abbott and Nancy Mikesell would like to express our thanks to all the good people who have visited us, sent cards, brought food, cleaned our driveway, visited at the hospital to give us support and came to the funeral home at the passing of our daughter, Cindy Mikesell Porter. 

11 Jan 2013 (All day)

The family of Daniel J. Baird would like to extend our deep gratitude and appreciation to this community for the many acts of kindness and love shown to our family during the time of our loss.  Thank you for the flowers, meals, cards, visits, phone calls and for the love and support shown to us during this difficult time.

4 Jan 2013 (All day)

This year marks the 90th anniversary of The Morgan County News.  Edna and Clement Wallace began publishing The Morgan County News in October of 1923.  Over the past 90 years, the newspaper has been owned by less than 10 publishers and has published continuously since its beginning.  

4 Jan 2013 (All day)

Thank you to everyone who came to visit me from Morgan and Coalville as well as serenading me with carols, which was a first for me. 

4 Jan 2013 (All day)

The family of Roy Baugh would like to thank the community for your love and support you have given during Roy’s long illness. Special thanks go to neighbors who have gotten calls in the middle of the night and came to help. 

4 Jan 2013 (All day)

SPC Jace Shuldberg, son of Patrick and Kelly Shuldberg, is deployed with the 2-211th Utah National Guard Aviation Unit.

30 Nov 2012 (All day)

Thank you – I would like to thank all the men who brought me wood and the men and young men from the church that cut, split and stacked it in the wood shed. 

2 Nov 2012 (All day)

The last issue of TMCN reported that the Cottonwoods subdivision developer had requested incremental tax funding for a reservoir that he/they want to develop in conjunction with his North Side Creek subdivision.  Incremental tax is the tax difference between the undeveloped land (the bare lot) and the property after it has been developed (i.e., in this case after homes have been built on the lots).

2 Nov 2012 (All day)

Next Tuesday, Nov. 6 we will have the privilege of casting our vote for the next President of the United States of America.   For our government to be Of the People, By the People, and For the People we must exercise our right to vote!

2 Nov 2012 (All day)

The family of Marnie Stark would like to thank the community for the outpouring of love and heartfelt support we have received.  Words cannot express the support we have had from the community. The amount of loving gestures have been crazy.  They have come from friends, family and even people we didn’t know.  We would not have made it through this without all this love.  The family would like to thank the Morgan 6th Ward Relief Society, Walker Mortuary and the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department.  We rest easier knowing our little butterfly is free to fly.