South Jordan City Council
It’s hard to believe that summer is almost here. We have some great events and issues to pay attention to. Country Fest starts June 14 and continues on throughout the weekend with a spectacular concert with Three Dog Night and fireworks show ending on June 16th. There are activities of interest for every age group.
Country Fest continues to get bigger and better each year. Check out the city web site at www.sjc.utah.gov. Some of the events to look forward to are the parade, The South Jordan Chamber of Commerce Pinewood Derby and the horse pulls. Thanks to the employees of South Jordan, volunteers, vendors, participants, residents and all those who make this a very successful and fun event to enjoy each year. We also thank the businesses that help pay for and promote this event; it couldn’t be done without their support.
Volunteers and committees play an important part in our city. Eagle Scout projects and community service projects go a long way in the betterment of this city. Some cities rely on volunteers as they cut services and raise taxes. We have been fortunate in our city to have prosperity and growth at the same time over the last several years. Mayors and other cities look up to us as they compete with us for new residents and businesses.
A very important item at this time has been the budget. The great news is we have a balanced budget again this year. We are not asking for a property tax increase as so many other cities are finding they must do. We are not cutting services, contracting out services, laying off employees or cutting benefits to try to keep afloat. We are a solid city, with a budget that will allow us to maintain the high quality service which the city and the residents expect as our city grows.
As the new mayor and newly elected council members are finding out, government is not a business. The budget we pass is not supposed to make a profit. The budget is an estimate of how much it will cost to run the city for a year. If we estimate wrong, we would have to go through the same painful cuts that other communities are facing.
Cutting services or contracting services out, seems like a step backwards. Smaller cities look forward to the day that they can provide services and not contract out service. The advantage to having in house services is we can address complaints and issues in a timely fashion and get the job done. Contracts cover a specific service and you pay as you go, and you may have to rely on volunteers to pick up the slack.
Past city councils and staff have not overestimated revenues and expenditures, and that has given us a definite advantage as we have grown. I give a big hand to the employees of this city. They come up with innovative ideas to help save time and money on projects. Just like the volunteers that give back to the city, the employees stretch every dollar that comes in. The efforts by you and the city staff, make this a revered destination to live in and locate business. As we continue to grow and attract business we should in the future still avoid huge property tax increases. South Jordan residents expect a bang for their buck and we get that in this city.
I look forward to the events this summer, and an all-around great year. I suggest you do the same, utilize the city website and the South Valley Journal to keep informed on upcoming events. Thank you for allowing me to represent you and this great city.