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Two of Summit County’s state legislators have distributed a survey asking constituents about issues like education and taxes.

Rep. Dave Ure, a Kamas Republican, and Sen. Beverly Evans, a Republican from Altamont, are conducting the survey, which was inserted into Wednesday’s edition of The Park Record.

Some of the questions include:

( How the state should spend what the survey describes as an "unprecedented surplus." Choices include building roads, improving public education, tax cuts and capital projects.

( Which taxes should be cut, "assuming there will be a tax cut this year," according to the survey. Choices are sales taxes on food, the income tax and property taxes. Another question asks if the sales tax on food should be eliminated and, if it is, how the state should make up the lost revenues, pegged at $225 million.

( Whether students should be required to pass a competency test to graduate from high school.

( Whether school vouchers should be instituted to give parents choices between public and private schools.

More open-ended questions like what state-level issues are important and how the Legislature can be more effective are included.

The survey, meanwhile, quotes from the Declaration of Independence.

Two of Summit County’s legislators are not identified as participating in conducting the survey. Rep. Ross Romero, a Democrat from Salt Lake who represents the Snyderville Basin, and Allen Christensen, a Republican senator from North Ogden who represents the East Side of the county, were not mentioned.

The 2006 legislative session runs Jan. 16-March 1.

Recreation enhancements

City Hall has outlined a series of recreation and parks upgrades that the government is considering, including possibly building a dog park.

A list of projects that the city is eyeing includes a dog park but the list does not include details. The list, released by the government this week, does not identify a location for it.

However, it indicates that perhaps the Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District would be interested in what is described as a regional facility.

The city is targeting December for a decision.

Also, the city says that a Frisbee-golf course might be built and that the government should determine whether a mountain resort is interested in the project. The target for the course is May.

Meanwhile, a task-force recommendation regarding the future use of the Recreation Building at City Park is expected in February, a recommendation about enhancements to Poison Creek is due in February, a policy concerning Old Town stairs is scheduled for April and the city plans to replace the infield at City Park in May.

Compiled by Jay Hamburger


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