Iron County GOP

2018 Commission Candidate Questionnaire Results

The following questions were asked by the Advocates for a Prosperous Community, in conjunction with the Iron County Republican Party. 

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Iron County Commission Seat "A"

1. What will be your highest priority if elected to County Office?

Addressing water issues 

2. Recently, Cedar Highlands voted to incorporate as the newest Town of Iron County. Will you protect the natural right of self-determination for citizens of Iron County?

Yes

3. Conflicts of Interest

I will commit to divest from any business interest, opportunity, partnership, etc in order to remove any potential Conflict Of Interest

4. Generally speaking, County employees should:

It depends on the specifics of the individual and/or department.

5. Previous County Commissioners voted to increase their base pay under the premise of being full time. Will you commit to be a full time Commissioner?

From day 1

6. Describe the road funding allocation formula.

B & C Road funds are allocated to counties and communities by the state legislature and are calculated on a combination of population and miles of road in the boundaries of the entity. 

7. How would you describe your ability to use technology?

Average

8. What is PILT?

Payment in lieu of taxes–a partial payment by the Federal Government for tax revenues lost because the land isn’t in private hands. 

9. How many County Commission meetings have you attended in the last 5 years?

Less than 5

10. Should the County Commission be a 3 or 5 member body and why?

With the right people, a three member body is better because less time is spent arguing each person’s opinion and things can get done more efficiently. The other elected officials in the county offer somewhat of a checks and balances to the system. With the wrong three people, there are not enough checks and balances to keep things from going off the deep end. While I’m comfortable with a three-member commission, I’m certainly not averse to exploring the possibilities of moving to five. 

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Iron County Commission Seat "B"

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1. What will be your highest priority if elected to County Office?

Addressing water issues 

2. Recently, Cedar Highlands voted to incorporate as the newest Town of Iron County. Will you protect the natural right of self-determination for citizens of Iron County?

Yes

3. Conflicts of Interest

I will maintain my current business/practices, but will publicly announce each conflict during public meetings as required by State law 

4. Generally speaking, County employees should:

It depends on the specifics of the individual and/or department.

5. Previous County Commissioners voted to increase their base pay under the premise of being full time. Will you commit to be a full time Commissioner?

From day 1

6. Describe the road funding allocation formula.

The state of Utah collects the gas tax at the point of sale. The state of Utah then distributes the revenue back to the cities and counties to fund our roads based on the type of, and distance of the road as well as the population. 

7. How would you describe your ability to use technology?

Above Average

8. What is PILT?

Payment in lieu of taxes is a payment made to the counties to compensate for some or all of the property tax revenue lost due to tax exempt ownership. This would include some Forrest service land as well as the BLM land that falls within the county. The formula is based on population as well how much land is federally owned. 

9. How many County Commission meetings have you attended in the last 5 years?

6-15

10. Should the County Commission be a 3 or 5 member body and why?

There are pros and cons to both. I prefer the three member body. I would not be in favor of increasing the burden to the taxpayer to fund more commissioners. The same amount of pay would have to be divided among the five and they would most likely be part time. There is value in having a county commissioner be a full time position. With the five member commission, a county administrator, office, and secretary, would have to be funded. With full time commissioners they can handle both the legislative and administrative duties required of them. Having explained my preference, I am open minded and willing to discuss all options. 

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3 thoughts on “2018 Commission Candidate Questionnaire Results

    • Hi Barbara, I have not seen a submission from her, I will contact her and see where her submission is. If you would like you could also send it to me, either way, thank you for letting me know.

    • I asked Michelle yesterday if she had submitted a response, she said she has not, which is understandable with how much the candidates have had going on this week. She still has time to do so before the primaries though, so hopefully we see her response on here soon!

      Thanks Baraba!

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