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Marlow Draney, 38, 5178 Lucky Clover Lane, is a self-employed software writer with Marco Engineering.

Draney, a 4 1/2-year resident of Murray, says he's running for City Council because "someone needs to remember the taxpayer." Draney said residents are paying more to live in Murray than businesses are paying to do business."I'm running because I am concerned about the way they're spending our tax dollars. Overall property taxes are going to be going up, yet we receive 60 percent of what's paid in city property tax in windfall sales tax revenue," Draney said. "I don't think (property) taxes should be going up, and I don't think that is the way the taxpayer would have them spend that money."

Draney said he's concerned that the proposed $850,000 indoor police shooting range will be used by various cities in the south valley, but Murray is the only city financing it. He also takes issue with the fact that a new fire station was proposed on 5900 South near 200 East, just three blocks from an existing station. Draney noted that "there are advantages to having a new fire station, but it's not something I would consider urgent." City attorney Craig Hall's salary and Mayor Lynn Pett's Council-approved pay raise also trouble Draney. He said salaries for department heads have increased 151/2 percent in the past two years, versus workers' 6 percent pay raise.

"Everyone seems to be getting a break but the taxpayers. I consider myself one representing the taxpayer," Draney said. "If I'm successful in phasing out property taxes, I will consider (my candidacy) a success."

Gary Ferrero, 43, 716 W. Bullion St., is a prosecuting attorney for the Utah State Bar's office of attorney discipline.

Ferrero has served two terms as the District 1 councilman. He was first elected in 1987. Ferrero, a Murray resident for the past 131/2 years, says he has "enjoyed the heck out of (serving on the council)." He noted that unless he "can get the things done that I want to get done (during this third term), it'll be time to give (the job) to someone else."

Ferrero would like to see the long-proposed environmental observation center along the Jordan River Parkway, near 5300 South, completed. He supports more parks construction and a proposed community center on county fairground land to give youths and senior citizens a place to recreate. He supported funding the city's environmental impact study on the north-south corridor and thinks Murray can avoid displacing residents along Main Street - if the city decides to extend the thoroughfare - by following the railroad right-of-way.

"Most of the issues (in the race) surround growth," Ferrero said. "They touch on a lot of areas. We need to do more pro-acting and less reacting."

Ferrero calls for continued support for crime-prevention programs for youths, more police officers and community-oriented policing programs and more Neighborhood Watch programs in communities. He noted that he "would love to see (an Albertson's supermarket) on the east side."

"There are a lot of issues, but they're really more neighborhood oriented. Some cut across all parts of the city," Ferrero said. Still, he noted, "taxes are still low, and sales tax revenue is up, but I don't know if that will continue."