Over the course of my life here in Park City, I have had the privilege of being part of some of the most significant, and joyful events in our history. Our Olympic experience; emergence as a world-renowned ski destination; commercial diversification; and the arrival of some of the most interesting and energetic people from throughout this nation and the world.
Along with our phenomenal growth have come the stresses on government that are inevitable. We have had to cope with development planning, roads, school expansion, fire and police improvements, transportation, recreation, preservation of our historical environment and a much longer list than can be recited here.
In Park City, we responded to all of these issues by being open to new ideas and methods that have brought us to this point in time where we are one of the more admired and imitated communities in the West. A critical element of our success was our transition to a council/manager form of government. It gave our elected council members the opportunity to carefully deliberate, decide and direct, while a professionally trained city manager carried out our decisions. This has truly made the difference between smart government and government by crisis management.
Now we are faced with the same imperatives in Summit County that we resolved in Park City. I cannot be more emphatic in urging all voters to support Proposition 1 in the coming election. Proposition 1 will take the county from a three-person commission that operates without a professional manager, to a five-person county council and county manager than can skillfully direct the day-to-day operations of the county, as dictated by the council.
It is time to break with the past and move to a form of governance that will adequately serve our needs, as we continue to grow. And grow we will. Projections suggest that Summit County’s population will increase 50 percent over the next 10 to 12 years. We need to be able to proactively manage this if we are to maintain our quality of life. On Nov. 7, don’t pass up the opportunity to have an influence on our way of life. Get out and support Proposition 1.
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Judy Horwitz writes in a guest editorial that Summit County voters must continue to support a vital source of funding for the area’s arts and culture institutions.