From: The County Seat Television Program
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Guardians of the County
Date: Fri May 16 21:21:59 MDT 2014
Body:
The County Auditor 

  

The Fiscal Guardians of the County 
 

The county auditor provides a number of fiscal-related services both to the state and the county. You've probably heard of the auditor's office when you received your tax valuation notice in July or your tax bill in October but people don't know a lot about what a county Auditor does. One could assume that they audit but their job goes beyond administering property taxes and doing performance audits on the county. The most interesting function of the auditor's office is their role in watching for fraud, waste, and abuse of tax dollars. This weekend's program will look at the important role that the county auditor plays Sunday Morning at 8:30 on ABC4 UTAH.   

 

 


Review of the 2014 Legislative Session with Governor Gary Herbert       

  

Transfer of Public Lands - Medicaid Expansion - Gas Tax - Air Quality
 
The 2014 Legislative session saw nine bills dealing with the transfer of public lands. This has been a huge issue for Utah's Counties because of the impact that public lands have on rural communities where access to the land for natural resources, grazing, recreation, etc. is paramount to the people who make a living off the land. The Governor goes into some of the details on a couple of these bills ranging from the transfer of public lands to Utah's state plan for Wilderness. Learn more about Utah's Transfer of Public Lands Act https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlonX0T_fAQ

Another big issue this past legislative session was the discussion of what to do about the expansion of Medicaid. County Mental Health Services are concerned that changes could affect federal block grants that they currently receive to provide services. Governor Herbert goes into the details of the proposed Healthy Utah Plan covering the reasoning from the states perspective and how it affects Utahns. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-7ze6Ug8Zw

A previous program looked at the issues involving Counties and the funding of the maintenance and construction of roads. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYJSxnYHtVA Governor Herbert talks about some of the solutions from his perspective and predicts that we will see some progress road funding on the 2015 legislative session.

Air Quality discussion usually revolves around the inversions we encounter during the winter. Governor Herbert talks about some of the State's Progress towards cleaning up the air along the Wasatch Front. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HX-RVsmhOY4

Highlights:

1:30 Utah's Wilderness Act HB160

2:37 Interstate Compact on Transfer of Public Lands HB164

7:20 Medicaid Expansion in Utah

8:35 Healthy Utah Plan

14:57 Other States are waiting to see what happens with Utah's Plan

18:00 Discussing Gas Tax and how to fund roads and highway infrastructure in the future

20:49 "It's a Double Whammy"

24:01 Wrapping Up discussing Air Quality

 

Links of Interest:

American Lands Council; Summary of 2014 Transfer of Public Lands Legislation

http://americanlandscouncil.org/myportfolio/summary-of-ut-2014-transfer-of-public-lands-legislation/

Governor Herbert's Healthy Utah Plan

http://www.utah.gov/governor/news_media/article.html?article=9747

Clean Air Action Team

http://envisionutah.org/issues/air-quality/clean-air-action-team

 


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