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”Utah County”’ is a county in [Utah], named after the Spanish name (Yuta) for the Ute Indians. The 2010 census reported the population at 516,564. The county seat and largest city is Provo. The center of population of Utah is located in Utah County, in the city of Lehi.

Utah County is one of seven U.S. counties to share its name with its state (including Arkansas County, Hawaii County, Idaho County, Iowa County, New York County, and Oklahoma County).[1]

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Utah county websites

Information last reviewed: April 2, 2012

The good

  • Council meetings and agendas are published.[2]
  • Elected Councilmembers information is published, including email and phone numbers.[3]
  • Administrative departments are listed, but Directors’ information is difficult to find.[4]
  • Audits and Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports are available, and archived through 2007.[5]
  • Budget information is available.[6]
  • Permits and planning and zoning information is available.[7]
  • Open bids and requisite purchase forms are available.[8]
  • Public records are complete.[9]

The bad

  • A search of lobbying turns of only slightly relevant materials, but no information regarding what is spent lobbying or what the county’s lobbying efforts include, if any.[10]
  • The budget does not include any explanatory text.[11]

Elected Officials: Council Members

Name District Salary
Gary Anderson Commission Seat A $107,922
Doug Witney Commission Seat B Unavaible
Larry Ellertson Commission Seat C $108,484
Kris Poulson Assessor $100,659
Jeffrey Buhman Attorney $127,332
Bryan Thompson Clerk/Auditor $98,802
Scott Cullimore Justice Court Judge $99,731
Stevan Ridge Justice Court Judge $99,731
Jeffery Smith Recorder Unavailable
James Tracy, Jr. Sheriff $113,079
Gary Ratcliffe Surveyor $77,362
Robert Kirk Treasurer $98,364

Budget

The total budget for FY 2012 is $70,463,650. In FY 2012, property taxes are to generate $28,495,000, local options sales tax will generate $1,520,000, and county option sales tax will generate $17,776,000. These figures are slightly above or below the 2011 figures, but close overall. The largest expenditures of the budget include sheriff/corrections ($23,087,696), sheriff/enforcement ($14,434,484), and interagency allocation ($4,919,805).[12]

Stimulus

Provo, the Utah County seat, received 26 grants amounting to $22,535,574 in federal stimulus funding.[13]

Local taxes

In FY 2012, property taxes are to generate $28,495,000, local options sales tax will generate $1,520,000, and county option sales tax will generate $17,776,000. These figures are slightly above or below the 2011 figures, but close overall.[14]

County In the News

On March 30, 2012. Utah joined Iowa to become the second state to pass legislation that will criminalize undercover investigations of agricultural operations. Passed with unanimous support, HB 187 was signed into law by Governor Gary Herbert and will make it illegal to take, possess or distribute photos, video or audio recordings or to gain access to a facility under false pretenses and may result in penalties for up to a year behind bars or $1,000 fine. Many are outraged that agribusinesses are pushing so hard to hide what is going on behind closed doors, often including gruesome animal abuse. Last year, these anti-transparency bills failed in four states, and in 2012, are pending in Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York and Tennessee.[15]


External links

References

  1. Utah County Facts
  2. Agendas and meetings
  3. Elected officials
  4. Departments
  5. http://www.sao.state.ut.us/faReports.html Audits]
  6. Budget
  7. Planning and zoning
  8. Bids and Purchasing
  9. Public records
  10. Lobbying info minimal
  11. Budget lacks text
  12. Budget analysis
  13. Stimulus funding
  14. Local tax revenues
  15. Agriculture Opacity Bill Passes