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On December 12, Utah lawmakers met in a special session to address SB-2001, a sweeping tax reform bill that decreases state income tax while increasing the tax on food, fuel, and services.  Officials state that tax reform is needed at the state level to re-balance the education, general, and...
San Juan County Commissioners approved a 2020 budget at the last Commission meeting of the year on December 17. The 2020 budget accounts for a tax increase in three separate funds controlled by the county. An actual tax increase will not be addressed until June.  The tax increase would be due from...
A group of San Juan County residents from Spanish Valley are initiating a petition process that could put a controversial action by the San Juan County Commission on the ballot. A petition carrying seven signatures was presented to San Juan County Clerk John David Nielson in November. On December 3...
The Blanding City Council spent much of their December 10 meeting discussing a water rate study and forecast model. The study is complex and took more than a year to complete, but it’s already being hailed by state officials as forward thinking.  State officials caught wind of the study after...
Nearly 80 county residents crowded the San Juan County Commission Chambers on December 4 for a Truth in Taxation hearing regarding proposed property tax increases. San Juan County Commissioners are poised to consider the increases when they finalize the 2020 county budget before the end of December...
A report that a White House task force has recommended the increased purchase of domestic uranium has brought renewed hope to the White Mesa Mill in Blanding, the only federally licensed uranium mill in the United States. The possibility of orders from President Donald Trump to help revive the...
Several hundred San Juan County residents may lose access to food stamps after a new rule was announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The changes are set to take effect in April 2020. According to the USDA, the new rule is designed “to help move more able-bodied recipients of...
As County Commissioners consider a property tax increase, a perfect storm may be developing in San Juan County.  A worst-case scenario could have catastrophic consequences on the local economy, and eventually on local government. A three-fold challenge could be triggered by 1) increased property...
The San Juan County Commission held a relatively quick and quiet meeting on December 3 in Monticello. There was no public comment at the meeting for the first time in several months. Commissioners determined that a citizen petition for a referendum on Spanish Valley zoning ordinances is referable...
The Blanding City Council spent much time at their November 26 meeting discussing capital projects and a development participation program, both of which are designed to encourage growth and development in the city. Councilmembers returned to a previous council discussion to prioritize capital...

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