To my fellow Cedar Highlands residents,
As the new Mayor of our community, I think it is important that I
communicate my thoughts and plans. I hope to correct any
misconceptions, and begin to develop positive and open lines of
communication with all members of the community. I’ll address each
issue separately. I realize this letter is a little long, but I think it is also
critical moving forward.
I did not ask to become Mayor, just to be a caretaker until the town is
dissolved. I have stated publicly that the town needs to be run in a
competent and transparent manner if it is to be fairly judged, and
have any chance to succeed. I have no doubt that, based on the past
year’s performance, the town was headed towards dissolution at the
earliest possible time. There are too many residents, who were once
town supporters, who have become dissatisfied and disillusioned.
My job is to change that perception. The change in leadership gives
the town a chance to start over. I plan to work tirelessly with the Town
Council, and run our town business in an honest, professional and
transparent manner. My goal is to provide the highest level of service
to our community members, while being fiscally responsible.
Many residents believe that the town is the best option to improve our
community. Others believe that, without a commercial tax base, we
don’t have the financial resources to be successful. Both sides make
valid points, and ultimately it may come down to a vote of the fulltime
residents. In a democracy, we have to live with the results.
The town finances, your tax dollars, have not been managed in a
competent or transparent manner. The transgressions are numerous,
but I will highlight just a few.
The Utah State Auditor’s Office conducted an investigation, and
determined the town had “statutory noncompliance, weak internal
control, and diversion from best practices.” Numerous violations of
Utah law were cited.
In February, the town received a letter from the Utah State Treasurer
that our PTIF Fund (our tax dollars held by the State) would be frozen
due to non-
60 days to comply. We failed, and our account was frozen on April 5th.
It was unfrozen on May 1st, after the accounting firm Pelorus filed the
necessary financial statements. Neither the town council nor
community was ever informed of this information.
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