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Salt Lake County Council 2

About the Council The legislative body has a nine-member Council with three council members elected at-large and six elected by district. Council members from districts are elected for four-year staggered terms in partisan elections. At-large council terms are six years. Council districts are reapportioned after each census. The legislative Council's authority includes: The power to consider and adopt ordinances, rules, and regulations. Consider and adopt an administrative code, policies, and procedures. Adopt rules governing the activities, meetings, and organization of the Council. Establish and adopt a budget, set and levy taxes, and establish fees. Fix the salaries of county officers and employees. Supervise internal audits and investigations. Conduct quasi-judicial hearings including serving as the Board of Equalization and final board of review regarding planning and zoning. Advise and consent to appointments by the executive branch. Override vetoes of the Executive by two-thirds vote. Supervise the conduct of county officers in accordance with state statute. Reapportion districts after each census. Divide the County into precincts and other districts as provided by law. Fill vacancies. Grant franchises. Provide for the development of County resources. Perform other legislative acts.

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    Dave Alvord

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    Deborah Gatrell

How will the current pandemic affect county finances and taxation, including budget cuts and plans for new voting machines?

As the county’s population swells, how will you deal with issues of growth, including housing density, affordable housing and transportation? Do you believe Olympia Hills should move forward?

How would you plan on addressing air quality issues in the county, including transparency and environmental protections associated with the Inland Port?

How would you strengthen the social safety net with respect to mental health, homelessness, addiction and domestic violence?

Have you signed the Pledge for Election integrity?

County revenues include property taxes and sales taxes. I expect property tax revenues to remain steady, but the sales tax revenues will take a hit. Fortunately, SL county is in a growth phase, so most of the cutting we'll have to do will be in the form of slowing new projects and growth of investing in facilities like rec centers and park expansions.

Voting in SL county has been Vote by mail, and that seems to be a good system for coronavirus slowing.
I oppose Olympia Hills, both for the density it presents, but also for the fact that impact fees are not collected. This puts the region at a disadvantage when it comes to roads and parks.

I support the lawsuit against Olympia and will do what I can to push back on that project.
The Inland Port should have been located outside the county. We have too many trucks already. That said, now that it's already approved, we will need to be sure that proper government oversight and environmental impacts are studied and that the builders are checked against those interests.
We need to make sure that we aren't importing homeless people from other States and communities. I think we should take care of our own, but we also don't want to be responsible for neighboring States homeless. This issue is very closely tied to drug abuse. I believe we need to make downtown a drug-free zone and really get serious about drug infractions.
I have not. I felt at the time it was presented to me, I needed more information about the authors and unintended consequences. It was handed to me, without introduction as part of registering my campaign. I felt a little put on the spot and have made it my rule to not sign anything under duress or without consulting a lawyer. I do support the Spirit of the document - not speaking ill of opponents, however, that is open to interpretation I suppose.
The pandemic has forced difficult choices for the budget year, and the County has already proposed $77 million in budget cuts as of early June. This may well be just the beginning. It is critical for the county to maintain its triple-A bond rating because even in the midst of a pandemic, the county must continue demonstrating fiscal responsibility while maintaining essential operations to respond meet community needs. CARES Act funding will help plug some of the holes related to the pandemic, but we will see some projects delayed out of necessity.

This year, more than ever, voting by mail will be essential to our elections. Utah has set an example for the rest of the nation for voting by mail and we must continue to serve as a model for responsible voting during a global pandemic.
We have a housing affordability crisis largely because we have a housing shortage. Most undeveloped land in the county is in District 2, and we must be smart in how we develop new neighborhoods to ensure they are walkable, providing good jobs and entertainment options close to where people live to help reduce congestion. Long-term transportation plans, including efficient public transit, must also be phased with development timelines.

Since Olympia Hills is already approved, it is crucial that county officials monitor plans carefully to ensure that commitments made by developers are honored. Open space, trails, energy efficiency, and an appropriate mix of development that links to efficient public transit options are vital in getting this right. I’ll watch this closely and also advocate for state prioritization of west side infrastructure funding.
There are a few things we can all probably agree on: we need more good jobs, more affordable housing, clean air, and clean water to improve our quality of life. Rocky Mountain Power committing to clean energy for the Inland Port is a positive step, but we should encourage RMP to accelerate the transition to renewable energy. There is no good reason to wait 10 years. Environmentally-friendly construction such as LEED certified buildings and HERS rated homes will be critical to clearing the air and responsibly managing our water use in this dry climate.

To ensure transparency and environmental protections agreed to are honored, Inland Port meetings must be open to the public, accept public comment, and include representatives from all communities impacted by the development. It is vital that the County continues to have a seat at the table and provide oversight to the environmental impact of the Inland Port.
I’m hopeful that changes associated with county housing for high risk unsheltered individuals will continue in some long-term fashion. Community health workers in underserved communities will be critical to build trust and connect people with needed resources. Strengthening the social safety net will take a Whole Community approach to share information, utilize scarce resources efficiently, and connect people with help. Wraparound services in the community, partnering with municipalities, schools, and non-profit organizations will meet people where they are and prevent much unneeded suffering.