The battle for the Snyderville Basin is far from over
County elections, especially those held in off-presidential election years, rarely draw the attention they deserve from the electorate. That is especially true for summertime primaries, like the ones being held around Utah on Tuesday.
But Summit County residents who are concerned about the future of their neighborhoods, especially those who live in the Snyderville Basin, should pay close attention to this election cycle. The officials who emerge from the primaries, and then November’s general election, will be responsible for making critical decisions about their future.
Tuesday’s local primary races involve the county clerk and assessor positions, a state House of Representatives seat on the Democratic side of the ticket and a state Senate seat on the Republican side. The November general election will also include a contest for a county commission seat.
The winners — chosen by those who show up this Tuesday and again in November — will be the ones who oversee a potential change in the form of county government, to assess the accuracy of the new electronic voting machines and determine future property values. Most importantly they will be the front line of the continuing battle to balance growth and development.
Unfortunately, there are probably some residents who believe the most important decisions have, for better or worse, already been made and that the fate of the Basin is already sealed. However, according to a recent report issued by the Summit County Community Development Department, that notion is flawed.
According to planners, the Basin’s roughly 8,000 homeowners could see 4,000 new houses added to their already established neighborhoods. That is the number of already-approved lots in the pipeline. Also, half of the previously approved commercial and hotel units have yet to be built. And applications for new approvals keep rolling in.
How those projects are built out, the standards they are held to and providing the infrastructure to support them will be in large part decided by our local and state elected officials.
So, while voting for a president might be more exciting, helping to elect a county assessor will likely have a greater direct effect on the community
The Summit County primaries will be held from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 27. For more information about where to vote, call 615-3204 or log on to http://www.co.summit.ut.us/.
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