At the August 6 commission meeting, the proposal was introduced. It would transfer approximately $90,000 a year directly to the two communities. The TRT and a restaurant tax generates approximately $750,000 a year for the promotion and development of tourism.
Commissioners are set to meet with TRT Advisory Board on August 24.
Commissioner Phil Lyman reported that he has received a lot of feedback on the proposal, adding, “A lot was positive, a lot was negative, and a lot was informational.”
Commissioners held the first of two planned Board of Equalization meetings on August 13. The second is scheduled for Monday, August 20 from 3 to 6 p.m.
The Board of Equalization allows property owners to challenge property valuations of the Assessor’s office. The board, which consists of the three commissioners, can make adjustments to the valuations.
Commissioners stressed that property owners will have more success with the process if they provide some kind of documentation that validates the protest.
This could include appraisals, the sale of similar properties, or using the depreciated cost of construction.
“You can’t just show up and say, I disagree,” said Commissioner Bruce Adams. “We are as lenient as we can be under the law.”
In other matters at the August 13 commission meeting, Adams expressed appreciation for what he called “an unbelievably successful county fair.”
“In my opinion, it was probably the best fair we have ever had,” said Adams. “It is amazing every year the amount of volunteerism that goes into making sure the fair runs smoothly. It seems to get a little better every year.”
Rigby Wright, of the county weed control board, approached the commission with a request to aggressively deal with a weed control issue on Cedar Point.
Wright explains that an absentee landowner has not controlled weeds and the problem is getting out of hand.
Paul Atcitty Sr was hired as a Bluff Senior Center aide, Coby Turk was hired as a road deputy in Blanding, Josh Johnson was hired as a corrections officer, and Shelby Allen Musselman was hired as a dispatcher.
Sheriff Rick Eldredge reports that his department has received a memorandum of agreement with Arizona which would give his officers clearer authority on the reservation.
Eldredge said his department is contributing $1,100 to identify how to increase reimbursement for the county to house state inmates. He said that the state is now paying more for the service, representing an increase of $158,000 a year for the county. All of the county jails will join together to sponsor the study.
Representatives from SPEAR asked commissioners to open a popular trail on Forest Service ground in the Texas Flat area. SPEAR states that the existing trail was barricaded by the Forest Service and they would like it to be available to riders.
“It is a beautiful ride, on a popular trail, and no new construction is needed,” explained Bob Turri.
The Texas Flat road is approved on the BLM portion but the Forest Service barricaded it.
“I don’t understand how something can be a road until it comes to a property line and then it stops being a road,” said Commissioner Adams.
A meeting will be held with Forest Service officials on August 20.
Commissioners approved sign repairs in Montezuma Creek and a new dryer for the Public Safety Building.
Jeremy Redd was appointed to the Blanding Cemetery District board. He takes to position on the board held for many years by Phillip Palmer.