Recreation district discussed for North Summit
Hoytsville resident Riley Siddoway wants his children to avoid obesity so he is happy to have his property tax raised to help build a gymnasium in North Summit.
"None of this stuff exists," Siddoway told the Summit County Commission in a public hearing Wednesday.
He doesn’t "want recreation defined as sitting in front of a television playing video games," Siddoway said.
"I do not want to see my children fall into that boat," he said.
"I think we’ve got the two municipalities together," Coalville City Councilman Ron Boyer said about officials in Coalville and Henefer who support forming the new taxing district.
But Henefer Town Councilman Brent Ovard cautioned residents that taxes could increase significantly when construction of new facilities begins.
"You have to pay for that and that is our concern," Ovard said.
He warned citizens not to expect public facilities similar to those in Park City where the tax base is higher.
"We’re not going to be able to support that," Ovard said.
In May 2007, about 600 North Summit residents were asked if they "support the establishment of a recreation district to develop an indoor, multipurpose recreation/cultural center for North Summit residents?"
Three-hundred of the surveys were returned and 88 percent of the respondents marked ‘yes,’ deputy Summit County attorney Helen Strachan said.
Merely forming the district won’t cost taxpayers a dime, she said, adding that bond proceeds would likely be necessary to fund new capital projects.
"I support the creation of the North Summit recreation district," Hoytsville resident Sue Follett said.
North Summit sorely lacks public recreation facilities, Coalville City Councilwoman Trisha Beames said.
"Most of what I have heard is in support of it," Beames said. "I would love to see that happen up here."
Forming the recreation district is "a little tiny baby step" toward meeting the needs of the community, North Summit resident RaNae Crittenden said.
"There is no better investment than to invest in a facility for your kids," Coalville Mayor Duane Schmidt said.
Landowners from Wanship to Henefer have about 30 days to protest the formation of the North Summit Recreation Special Service District after the Summit County Commission drafted a resolution to form the entity.
Should most landowners in the proposed district support its formation, the Summit County Commission would likely adopt an official resolution this summer, Strachan said.
Anita Lewis, Brent Ovard and Travis English were influential in shaping how residents interact with the county.