WHY WE SHOULD TRUST OUR CITY COUNCIL & STAFF
WHY DO WE HAVE ELECTED OFFICIALS?
The Prop 3 initiative is dangerous because it bypasses the legislative system. Pleasant Grove is a democratic republic, which means that we elect representatives to do the work most citizens don’t have the time, expertise, or willingness to do. Our council’s job is to study the issues and make decisions on behalf of the city. They and their families sacrifice countless hours so they can serve the community, study the issues, and be available to us as citizens.
They aren’t perfect, but they’re doing everything they can to rectify mistakes made in the past (learn more here). They can’t do their job if their hands are tied by extreme measures like Prop 3.
You can learn more about our elected officials below:
WHO ARE THE EXPERTS IN PROVIDING CITY SERVICES?
Our city staff, just over 100 employees in 9 departments, have the knowledge and expertise to make sure our city functions properly. They have been educated and trained in their specific areas of expertise. Our city employees work to provide us everything from sewer, water, and road maintenance to community development, maintaining our parks and city owned land, planning and zoning, and safety and protection thanks to our amazing PG Police and Fire Departments.
Prop 3 demands that all new money go toward roads. This creates the unreasonable expectation that as our population grows, our city employees should be able to provide the same quality services to a greater number of citizens, with less staff and available budget.
SHOULD EACH CITIZEN, OR EVEN A SMALL GROUP, BE AN EXPERT IN CITY GOVERNMENT?
The basis for Prop 3 is distrust of the professionals whose job is to make the best decisions for the city every day. The small group of Prop 3 sponsors think they know better than 100+ city employees who are in the trenches full-time, every day. Do we really want a handful of non-experts dictating how the city should run? In moving 20% of the general fund budget to roads, they claim that offsetting that deficit may require budget cuts (up to 20%) in every department.
Prop 3 sponsors believe they should have access to every dollar spent in the city and be able to claim what is appropriate spending and what is waste. While transparency is important, no citizen or group should determine how all 9 departments of our city government should manage their budget and effectively do their jobs.
You can learn more about our dedicated city employees below: