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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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!
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.
Dialogue and debate about what Morgan was, what Morgan is and what Morgan will be is nearly constant and of upmost importance to all of us who call Morgan home. For those reasons there are continual discussions with school board, county and city governments, and Morgan Area Chamber of Commerce (MACC), including more extensive and detailed surveys and community forums such as Envision Morgan (EM).
Morgan County is a buzz with worries of tax increases and what is the School Board going to do to pay for all their expenses. This is not a fun time to be on the School Board, but I admire them for attacking this problem head on. I think, I can stand for the county school bus drivers and say “Thank You” to the County for the new Bus Garage. We have been in need of this facility for years. The debate is over if it should have been built at this time. I don’t know how it was paid for but it will be put to good use. We now have the capability of lifting a bus to do repairs and inspections under it. This is a huge time savings and cost savings over what the transportation had in the past. Along with these savings comes the issue of safety. We have a safe facility to work in. Thanks to everyone in the county as this facility has become a reality and we “Thank You.”
Jean and I were excited to have made plans to see, eat, watch the families and just have a wonderful time at this year’s Morgan County Fair. We were greeted with a smile at the east gate, and were directed to the disabled parking. It was still pretty far to walk, but luckily we had our canes.
With the proposed increase in property taxes for schools I looked up my property taxes that applied to Morgan county schools for the years 2005 - 2011 and the proposed increase for 2012, it is as follows:
In today’s world of hustle and bustle, I was reminded of why I cherish my small town roots. In small towns, even still today, integrity, humanity, kindness and sympathy are still a way of life for people in small towns. One member of your small town of Morgan, Utah, proved that to us.
The Morgan Stars Special Olympics would like to give a tremendous thank you to all the Morgan County residents who so generously donated to our carwash July 28. The proceeds will help put 20 athletes in an event this year.
It’s taken years from the time this splash pad was first mentioned to the day the water was turned on and officially named the Morgan City Riverside Splash Pad. I know; I’ve written at least four articles about Morgan’s splash pad in the last two years and edited six just since May.
After attending the grand opening celebration for the new Riverside Park splash pad, I am bursting with pride. Many people don’t know what a huge undertaking this really was, it was a true labor of love and the funds used for this project were raised almost entirely by the local community.
We want to thank all who came out and supported and/or made donations for our 5th annual Marie McQuiddy Daley Softball Tournament! Thank you to all the high school volleyball team girls for keeping score and donating all their time for this great cause, you are awesome girls!
Several months ago, after much deliberation, a difficult decision was made to discontinue the popular Gerald Anderson 5-K Run. For more than 10 years the second Saturday in June had been a time for a fun- packed community and family event. It was also a time to remember Gerald Anderson and his great love for the history of Morgan County.
Regarding Mr. Hornes letter to the editor that was published in the June 1 edition of The Morgan County News, I would first suggest that there are about 6.6 million Americans that would take great offense to your comparing of anything going on in the U.S. to the holocaust and the mass murder of 6 million people in WWII.
Thank you for your well written article about Trevor Slate’s Eagle Scout project memorializing the fallen veterans. I’ve sent several copies out and hopefully this will encourage other organizations to do more to remember the veteran’s sacrifice.
Thank you to everyone that donated books for my Eagle Scout project. I collected over 1,100 books and all of them were put to use. The elementary students will have a blast reading them. Thanks again for all of your wonderful help.
We would like to thank the Morgan community for all the calls, visits and services offered while Lynn was sick and after his passing. We have been overwhelmed by the amount of love and support offered to our family during this time. We thank you all. We are so grateful to be members of this wonderful community.
Interesting to read the Standard-Examiner’s interview with Morgan Fire Chief Dave Rich, about the Morgan grass fire portends, meaning an indication or omen of something about to happen, something momentous!
My sweetheart – the charming and delightful Miss Sherie – and I, along with our beloved family, express our deepest love and thanks to the community for the outpouring of love, service and concern at Sherie’s passing.
It is Caucus time!! Which means it is also time for the bi-annual criticism of Utah’s political system. Many voices are saying it is time to move from the current caucus system to a direct primary system. If you are questioning the current system, take this opportunity to participate and closely observe the process. You might change your mind. I did.