The Olene S. Walker Institute of Politics and Public Service will host a public forum to examine the costs and benefits of the Weber County library bond, and to discuss the novel aspects of the mail ballot election, in the Garden Room, at Weber State University Alumni Center, June 5 at 7 pm. Forum participants will include John Sillito, Weber State University Librarian, retired; Lynnda Wangsgard, Director Weber County Library; Matthew Bell, Weber County Commissioner; Randy Hatch, Weber County Clerk/Auditor; and Dan Olsen, Weber County Comptroller.
Weber County voters will soon make a decision concerning bonds to renovate and expand county libraries. For the first time in Weber County, in an effort to increase voter participation, the vote will proceed by mail ballot. Allocation of tax money for public services is a primary responsibility of local government. Decisions about regular year-to-year allocations are largely left to elected officials. For bonded capital projects, however, for which tax money is committed for bond repayment, the decision is made directly by voters through special elections. Payments on bonds, typically 20 years, are likely to extend beyond the term of present officials, so voters are asked to make the tax commitment directly. For each proposed bond, the electorate must weigh the value of the service against the cost of the tax obligation. The public is encouraged to attend this forum.
Eric Jacobson, Weber County Library Board, email@example.com
Lynnda Wangsgard, Director, Weber County Library, firstname.lastname@example.org
Carol McNamara, Director, Walker Institute, email@example.com, 801-626-6206