I recognize the great deal of trust that the almost 40,000 residents in Riverton place in me. I promise to value that trust by listening to the requests of our residents, informing residents on issues and to be prepared and actively participate at meetings. Please take a few minutes to review my philosophy on the role of City Government, as this will be the paradigm that will guide my actions as your Mayor. Of course, the US Constitution and Utah Constitution are the utmost guiding documents, and I have sworn an Oath of Office that “…I will support, obey and defend” them and “…discharge the duties of my office…with fidelity.”
My Philosophy on the Proper Role of City Government
- Ensure the highest quality, essential services are available to its residents for the most affordable price.
- “Essential” services can become quite subjective; what is essential to one may be completely unessential to another resident. The best litmus test I’ve found for determining whether something is essential, is to score whether the service is something the vast majority of residents need to support day-to-day living. Even if it is something that the vast majority of residents need, it may still not be best for the city to provide that service. A city should provide essential services only in circumstances where it can provide them more efficiently and affordably than private industry, or larger governmental agencies such as the county, state or national government. Building certain roadways to ensure inter-connectivity of cities and enhancing commerce, prisons, and courts have proven to be more economical and efficient if provided by the county and state. National defense, and the other roles identified in Article 1, Section 8 of the US Constitution, are best done by the country.
- Provide zoning and planning that incorporates a proper balance of residential, commercial, parks and transit areas.
- Creating that proper balance of lands with different uses is one of the essential roles of city government. There must be enough commercial space that will ultimately result in enough tax revenue to shoulder the cost of general fund and other city services. Additionally, there must be adequate transportation areas and open spaces for residents to traverse
- Establish and enforce the minimum amount of ordinances necessary within the city limits that promote safety, health and good relations among residents.
- The establishment and enforcement of ordinances are a necessary and proper role for City government. However, these ordinances should be minimized to only those that are required for the safety and health of its residents, and also those that promote good relations among residents. Doing any more than this creates an environment of over-regulation and a sheer inability of enforcement – even those ordinances that are the most important.
- Encourage its residents to advance their skills and knowledge in areas that will make them succeed.
- The education and skill level of Riverton’s residents will directly impact the amount of business creation, business attraction, tax base and overall ability to contribute to the city. Riverton’s City Council and Mayor should do everything they can to encourage its residents to advance their education, skills and knowledge in areas that will make them more financially successful.
- Promote community participation and appreciation.
- For Riverton to truly prosper there must be an abundance of participation by its residents. Without the pride, appreciation and contribution of its residents, Riverton could never attain its highest potential. The needs of residents are constant and varied, and even with the best run essential city services, planning and zoning, and code establishment and enforcement, it would be impossible for the city government to truly prosper without the glue of community participation and appreciation.
- Opportunities for volunteerism must be openly and often communicated, publicly recognized and promoted at every occassion in ways where residents can see them.
- Community events must be balanced and encourage broad based participation.
- Create the environment necessary for businesses to thrive.
- Recognizing that bulk of the revenue for general fund purposes comes about by sales tax and other business licenses; the city must do its part in creating the environment for business creation and success. Attracting strong businesses to Riverton will ensure that the tax burden is shouldered by these businesses while simultaneously creating great job opportunities and convenience for its residents. The city does its part by keeping taxes and fees low, limiting rules and regulation such that they do not stifle or inhibit growth, and constantly promoting the city as business friendly and working with trade groups and incubators to attract businesses to operate within the city.