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UTAH COUNTY COMMISSION SEAT A

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Utah County Commission seat A

MALCOLM H. BECK JERRY D. GROVER

-- Why are you running, and why should voters vote for you instead of your opponent?

Beck:

I'm a full-time commissioner, and I'll remain a full-time commissioner until I'm voted out of office. I have no outside interests; I'm retired. I'm devoted to the county, and I'll stay here all hours to get the job done.

Grover:

I felt that not a lot of people who were running (for the commission seat) were well-qualified. For example, the environmental issues facing the county, like using or not using oxygenated fuels, are my area of expertise. We need qualified, competent people in office.

-- What role can the county play in reducing air pollution?

Beck:

Do everything in our power to make sure that the county meets mandated standards of air quality. But also, those standards have to be workable and not just a drain on the taxpayers.

Grover:

Obviously, the county is going to be a major player in the air-quality issue. What the county needs to be is ahead in the game. We're kind of stuck because of inaction by politicians at the state, county and city levels and face having emissions standards shoved down our throats.

--- Is it feasible to develop Utah Lake? If so, what role should the county play?

Beck:

Yes, development of the lake property will pay for itself. But the county has to make sure that development happens very cautiously. The county can play the role of expediting the development. The lake property has long been an untapped resource for the county.

Grover:

It can't be developed until there's an entire resolution of all disputes. I am totally opposed to massive engineering feats sponsored by tax money. If the lake is developed, it should be by private industry without the use of tax money. The county can act as a facilitator for that.

--- Should county services expand to keep pace with growth? If so, can this be done without a tax increase?

Beck:

They should only expand when they benefit the county. Many of the services can and should be taken care of by cities; that is their role. Expansion in the county should be taking place within the cities.

Grover:

They have to. But the services should be in place before the growth starts happening. Someone is going to have to pay for the new services, but hopefully that will be offset by cuts in other spending. Increasing taxes should only be the last resort.

--- What role should county government play in local economic development?

Beck:

As an expeditor of information. The county is a warehouse of knowledge, and officials need to be a partner with the cities, working in conference with them.

Grover:

It shouldn't take all the credit for that development like it has. What it can do is provide an environment with low taxes but not create big programs to attract businesses.

--- What role can the county play in reducing crime and violence, and possibly curtail gang activity?

Beck:

As an informational base and as a leader. The Utah County Sheriff's Department has the expertise and knowledge to give to cities, especially in dealing with gang enforcement.

Grover:

One of the proper roles of government is to provide law enforcement, not to provide things that are provided by religious organizations and community services. The county can ensure that deputy sheriffs are trained properly, such as with gang information.