Iron County GOP

Paul Cozzens – On the Issues

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

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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