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Growth, but responsible growth

7/2/2013

While living within our means is an underlying assumption for many of us, there are many ways to accomplish this. Do we cut services until such basic services such as police and fire protection are all that remain? Do we keep increasing our taxes? Or do we grow economically?

Economic growth is an important issue for any community government to tackle.

I understand that businesses are one of the key components for the lifeblood of any community. This is not only because of the jobs and services they provide, but also because of the tax base it supplies to the city. We need to attract businesses with their jobs and tax revenue to our city, but we also need to do it in a way that complements the quality of life we have come to enjoy here in Orem.

There was a time when our city truly lead our neighbors in this area. Recently that has begun to change. Other cities, such as Provo seem to be transitioning as a very favorable place to do business. They are starting to think “outside of the box” as they deal with similar issues to the ones we are facing as a city. We need such innovative and forward thinking in our council.

As others get upset and complain about the mistakes our city has made in the past, I honor those who tried their best to lead us.

Utopia and Mid-Town have been part of this economic mix. Hindsight is 20-20 and without question there where things that could have been handled better. We do need to learn from out mistakes. Among those lessons might be that we need better safeguards in place. Another might be that we need better and meaningful measures that truly tell us how things were progressing. I do not believe the need to find fault is one of the lessons we should learn.

We need to find thoughtful, working solutions that will help us grow in a responsible way. We need solutions that make long-term sense and do not “Throw the baby out with the bath water”. We need leadership and innovators, forward and out-of-the-box thinkers as we tackle these critical economic issues.

If you believe as I do, I ask for your support and vote.