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Page The Ogden Valley news Volume XVIII Issue II July 1, 010 The Ogden Valley news Staff: Shanna Francis Tel: 801-745- 688 Fax: 801-745-006 Cell: 801-791-4387 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Jeannie Wendell Tel: 801-745- 879 Fax: 801-745- 879 E-Mail: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Opinions expressed by advertisers, columnists or letters to the editor are not necessarily the opinions of the owners and staff of The Ogden Valley news. guidelines for Letters to the Editor Letters should be 300 words or less. Letters must be signed and the address of the writer submitted. The Ogden Valley news reserves the right to edit or decline printing of any submissions. Announcements Sought As a community service, The Ogden V alley n ews will print local birth, wedding, obituary, anniversary and missionary farewell & homecoming and Eagle Scout announcements free of charge. 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Note: The contents of The Ogden Valley News are copyrighted. To protect this publication and its contributors from unlawful copying, written permission is required before any individual or company engages in the reproduction or distribution of its contents, by any means, without first obtaining written permission from the owners of this publication. The deadline for the OVN July 15 issue is July 1. Letters to the Editor County Commissioners Neglect Tax Collecting Duties It appears the citizens of Weber County are being primed for an increase in property taxes according to the Standard-Examiner article on May 28, “Weber district to cut $7 Million, Teachers to stay but shortfall may mean tax increases.” With a $7 million shortfall, you would think Weber County leaders would direct their efforts to: a) collecting the taxes already owed (delinquent property taxes) or, b) the taxes not being paid by those who illegally claim multiple primary residences to gain the 45% exemption on each or, c) those who improperly claim agriculture zoning on land not used for agricultural purposes. All three of these issues can be addressed at the County level. The County can refuse development or building petitions to any landowner until they pay their delinquent property taxes. They can initiate aggressive investigations, exposing those property owners that illegally use the 45% primary property exemption more that once, and can certainly change the tax code on those parcels that falsely claim to be used for agriculture. If Weber County could collect just 50% of the delinquent property taxes already owed by mostly big business and developers, it would be close to the present shortfall of $7 million dollars. This issue has been brought to the County Commissioners’ attention for more than two years with only a token response from the County. It seems the County Commissioners find it easier to raise everyone’s property taxes than to confront and collect taxes from the people who already owe them. Sharon Zini, Huntsville It’s Time to Vote County Commissioners Out of Office— Support developers over community interests One of the editorials in The Ogden Valley news dated June 15, 2010 asked that we contact the Weber County Commissioners concerning the request for rezoning to establish another boy’s home in Ogden Valley! What is the point? The voters obviously have no say in what goes on in our valley. It was determined that Jan Zogmaister and others had made their decision about Powderville before the meeting had begun! Who is she, being one and only one, to decide to double the amount of units, overriding the wishes of the people and our general plan? We already are experiencing the noise from the helicopters that the commissioners voted to allow to fly over, disturb, and pollute our valley. With their latest fiasco, our air, water, land, and roadways will be over utilized! And where is the sewage from Powderville going to accumulate? Each time there is an issue that comes up in the valley, the decision is made in behalf of the developers, i.e. heliport, Powderville, rock crushing, and multiple half-completed homes and partially completed building sites that either are in foreclosure or foreclosed on, or listed in a short sale! Who is going to purchase the proposed 2,400 units that are going to be built on the beautiful mountainside? Since the required size of the property for development has been reduced to half of what was established in the general plan, will the property size and quality of homes to be built also continue to be half of that which was established for all others to follow? How will the Wolf Creek bankruptcy affect future home and property values in our valley? We recently refinanced what was previously our $600,000 home. On May 5, 2010 it was appraised at $450,000! We were not satisfied with that appraisal and requested a second opinion. Three short weeks later, as stated by the appraiser, the value was determined even lower because of recent short sales and foreclosures; it was now appraised at only $400,000. We lost $50,000 in three short weeks! At that rate, in no time at all, our homes will be less than worthless. Likewise, have we seen a decrease in our property taxes? It isn’t logical to approve additional building when the valley is virtually overrun by partially completed homes and home sites! Would it be reasonable to assume that there are extra benefits being provided to the commissioners for these unreasonable decisions that are being made in behalf of the developers? There is only one way to stop the current commissioners from making decisions for the developers—that is to vote them OUT of office! They do not live in our valley, and they obviously do not care what happens to the owners nor the environment! Kay North, Liberty Thank yous from Ogden Valley Montessori Students ~ Dear Ogden Valley Community I enjoy downhill skiing because I love going on the jumps. I also enjoy going on the big lifts. I enjoy cross-country skiing because I love going up hill, and really fast down the hill. I want to thank you for helping support these activities in my life. Thank you, Jaci Tesch --------------------------------------------Thank you Valley community for your support for us to have our winter P.E. program and our Washington field trip. I and my class learned a lot about skiing. I learned how to do a rail on skis! My friend Matt and I skied together most. Besides learning we had so much fun. We also went cross-country skiing. The cross country skiing got me in condition. Thank you for your donations. We had a lot of fun. Our Washington state field trip was incredible. It was the mossiest place I have ever been in. The trees were very large, and wet, and very wide. We found a tree that was 9.2 meters in circumference. Thank you for giving us business from our sale and wreaths. Thank you, Daniel Crockford --------------------------------------------Thank you for buying the Christmas wreaths our class made. I hadn’t been to Wolf Mountain before; when you bought the Christmas wreaths, it helped us to go skiing at Wolf Mountain. Thank you also for buying window paintings, pizza, and food, cookies, bread, from our bake sale. I didn’t get to go to the Washington state field trip, but I got to do the winter P.E. program! It was a blast! I had so much fun going over the jumps, and doing the half pipe. I also had fun going cross country skiing at North Fork. Thank you. Sincerely, Kenya E. Curran --------------------------------------------I am from the Ogden Valley Montessori School, also known as O.V.M.S. I am from the upper elementary class, as you might know we went on a fieldtrip to Washington State and had an awesome winter P.E. program. Thank you for helping us get the money we needed for our winter P.E. program. I liked the winter P.E. program because I never thought I would ski with my friends from school. I like how it was fun to be responsible to help your friends when they crash. When we went on the Washington state fieldtrip I was amazed because we saw banana slugs, jumping slugs, and a lot of moss. Every where you look there would be moss. It was so fun. We saw the Hoh River and went to the Hoh rainforest we did experiments. We went to the ocean and saw anemones, sea stars, mussels, chiton, sea lemons, and one little crab in some tide pools. Thank you, Brianna Barkey --------------------------------------------As you know, the Upper Elementary class of Ogden Valley Montessori School has been doing fundraisers for our winter P.E. program and for our Washington State field trip. My experience was amazing and as I was doing it, I didn’t even feel like I was learning, even though I was. I’d like to thank you for participating in helping us with raising the money. It was very helpful and we had so much fun. We learned a lot as well. During the downhill skiing I sped down the hills, enjoying every moment. I had never downhill skied before and this was an amazing experience for that. At first I was scared, but by the end, I was going down the biggest hill at full speed. I can’t wait to go again. That was one of the best things. I unfortunately was not able to go crosscountry skiing, but I was able to go to Washington and enjoyed that a lot. The money paid itself off. As I walked into the rainforest, I was caught in a web of absolute amazement. Despite the persistence, my captiveness stayed within. The mossy trees made me feel like a wilderness explorer. Our trip to the beach in Washington was amazing too. All the little starfish slowly crept around, staying away from the sea anemones. We got some useful advise, tricky riddles, and hilarious jokes. All of our fundraisers-wreaths, window paintings, pizzas, and the bake sale were indeed a help. I simply can’t thank you enough. My adventure was as great as it could get. By far that was the best time of my life. Sometimes, I can’t even believe I ever went. I, Matthew am an Upper Elementary student of O.V.M.S. I am very thankful for your donations that made it possible for me to have my winter P.E. program. My experience broadened my perspective of nature. The downhill and cross-country skiing adventures made my friendship bonds stronger. I learned many useful capabilities on my relaxing outings. My trips were very productive. I am very thankful for your generosity. I am undoubtedly thankful for your generosity. You helped my Washington State field trip come alive, thank you so much. These experiences opened my eyes to a world I never thought existed. Walking through a moss blanketed forest with towering trees 9 meters in circumference, was I, amazed by nature again. I was amazed many times and I am forever grateful of your generosity. My trip was an adventure of a lifetime and you helped it to be possible. Thank you, Matthew Barkey 4th of July 3 v. 3 Co-Ed Soccer Tournament 12 years old and up 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Liberty Park To Pre-Register: Call – 801-391-3292 Bring $10.00 to the field between 2:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on the 3rd. Thank you, Zoe Ewing American Legion Post #1 9 604 S. 7800 E. Huntsville, UT 84317 801-745-380 Fourth of July Fundraising Breakfast on July 3rd We will be serving breakfast from 8 am. till noon at the American Legion Post located at 604 S. 7800 E. in Huntsville located next to the South Fork Mercantile. Our menu consists of ham, bacon, eggs, hash browns and pancakes (our famous pancake recipe) and all the trimmings that go along with breakfast. We will also be serving Breakfast on Sunday, July 4th from 9 a.m. till noon. Open to the public.