About 10 years ago, I had the opportunity of serving on the Davis County Commission to fill the unexpired term of one of the commissioners. It was too late to file to run for the position. So it was a single, six-month opportunity for an ordinary citizen to see the inside of the political process in Davis County. I served with one primary concern, to see that taxes were not raised.
I remember county employees complaining about only a 2 percent or 3 percent raises. I reminded them of some of my neighbors who would love to have jobs with no raises because they had lost their own jobs. I also remember the sheriff's department requesting new vehicles. They were told, "No new taxes."
We managed to keep a budget that did not increase taxes by one cent.
I remember one other thing from my short service. One of the commissioners told me that we were required to hold public hearings for certain things, but "we don't have to do what the citizens tell us at those meetings."
If you like the increased taxes then you don't have to do anything. If you do not like them, then you had better appear at the meetings and make your voice heard.
More importantly, you need to tell the elected officials making this decision that if the taxes are raised more than the cost of living, you will do everything in your power to see that they do not get elected for another term.
Robert D. Rose