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Saturday, May 31, 2008
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Friday, May 30, 2008
Last month, Monica underwent a comprehensive evaluation and was deemed an excellent candidate for this procedure at The University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
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An related story appeared in Sunday's Standard Examiner.
Here is an article that appeared in the latest issue of the Ogden Valley News:
Monastery Cleanup May 31st - WE NEED YOU!
What started as a simple fund raiser to support a local farmer, has blossomed into an epic, community wide service project to help our neighbors at the Abbey of Our Lady of the Holy Trinity, a.k.a. the Monastery. The massive cleanup effort will be held May 31, 2008, with registration and refreshments at 7 am and work starting promptly at 8 am. You are also cordially invited to attend the Monastery’s regularly scheduled mass which will be celebrated at 6:30 am.
During our near record snowfall this past winter, the Monastery suffered cave in damage to three outbuildings. One of those buildings housed tractors and machinery belonging to local farmer Tracy Woolsey. The Woolseys suffered extensive loss and damage, and the roof of one of the buildings is still being supported by one of their combines.
Many local contractors and businesses have generously stepped up to offer the use of their heavy equipment, complete with operators. Others will be donating everything from smaller equipment and hand tools to face masks and pizza for the volunteer workers. Now all we need is you!
Work will continue until the cleanup is complete. Individuals and groups are needed to help sift through the rubbish while separating the metal from the wood and other materials. The metal will be salvaged while other materials will be burned in an on site pit.
Safety is key, so be sure to wear heavy boots, gloves, old clothes and safety glasses. Sun protection will also be important, although the event will take place rain or shine. Tool belts, hammers and pry bars/nail removers will also be beneficial, and we are still in need of the following:
Small sledge hammers
Blocks of Ice
6 x 6 or 10 x 10 Tarps
Heavy Duty Dust Pans
firstname.lastname@example.org , Jim Truett at 801-540-2083 / email@example.com or Richard Sorensen at 745-0945 / firstname.lastname@example.org .
Thanks for your generosity and support, and we look forward to working with you on the 31st. For questions or to volunteer, please contact Howard Schuyler at 801-209-4547 /
www.Ogden-Valley.blogspot.com or at any Zion’s Bank branch, including our own Valley Market branch.
Additionally, donations are still being accepted for the Woolsey Farm Relief Fund. You may donate electronically at The Ogden Valley Forum,
Checks made out to "The Woolsey Farm Relief Fund" may be sent to:
Woolsey Farm Relief Fund
Donation account #553317405
c/o Zion’s Bank
2555 Wolf Creek RD
Eden, UT 84310
www.HuntsvilleTown.com for details.
A portion of the proceeds from the Huntsville Town Independence Day VIP Package/Harley Give Away will also go to the Woolsey Farm Relief Fund. Visit
Monday, May 26, 2008
3.The area of the Valley where your reside
4.Branch of Service
Send to my e-mail address email@example.com and I will pass this information to Leon Fielding.
If you are aware of any neighbor that qualifies, give them my e-mail address and for those that may not be online, have them call me at my home number.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
While we are on the subject, there was an excellent Oped piece in the Standard last week from Huntsville resident Erma Wilson. She concludes her piece by stating, "Being taxed out of my home definitely doesn't make me happy."
Ogden Valley residents will once again be surprised with an onerous (and we think unfair) tax bill this fall, but apparently we have all forgotten about the huge increases last year.
With the falling property values, do you think the assessors will reevaluate our properties this fall?
What say ye Ogden Valley?
While many will take to the road this long, first weekend of summer, be sure to remember and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Speaking of taking it to the road, the Salt Lake Tribune recently rated the best Ice Cream shakes in the state, and one of our neighbors to the South made the final cut. Chris', of Huntsville, rated highly for their fresh raspberry shakes, but we can vouch for many of their other flavors as well. Be sure to try one out while staying close to home this weekend.
We will conclude with an email that was recently forwarded to us touting an ad that ran in last weeks Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News. The Ad "promotes" Ogden Valley as a vacation destination.
The email is fairly short, so we will include it in its entirety below:
----- Original Message -----
From: Carolyn Daniels
To: OVBA members
Sent: Thursday, May 15, 2008 3:22 PM
Subject: Ad Promoting Ogden Valley Will Appear in Sunday's Section on the JAZZ
This Sunday, OVBA will be running an ad in the Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret Morning News expended sports section about the JAZZ. The combined Sunday circulation for the papers is over 223, 000. They are anticipating readership for this section of 582,000.
The ad highlights summertime events and uses a new tagline and logo positioning Ogden Valley as a travel destination. Readers will be directed to
http://www.ogden-valley.travel/ for visitor information on Pineview, Huntsville, Eden and Liberty. The content on the website will be the same as ovba.org, but the effectiveness of the ad can be tracked by using a different landing page.
Since we are advertising to drive traffic to the OVBA website, you might want to make sure all of your information is current as well as take full advantage of the website. If you have changes, they need to be to [email address removed] no later than Monday morning.
Do you have a hot deal on the OVBA website? This would be a great time for lodging and restaurants to promote an early summer special.
Have you placed all of your upcoming events on the calendar?
Is the page describing your business up-to-date?
The marketing committee decided to target the Salt Lake metro area since research indicates that trips this summer will be closer to home. Ogden Valley is a perfect weekend escape from the city. Our plan is to make this the first of many ads to run in the Tribune and the Deseret Morning News. In future ads, members will have an opportunity to coop with OVBA so that we can pass the savings on to you and so that we can create a larger presence for OVBA.
The tagline 360 Degrees of Natural Adventure was selected to describe our high mountain valley with Pineview in the center surrounded by mountain peaks, national forests and three ski resorts. Pam Mitchell of Website by Design created the logo and the look of the new website. Thanks, Pam.
The exploitation of our valley continues!
Have we forgotten that people actually live here and are trying to live peacefully whilst raising a family?
And what about traffic?
Does anyone remember Snow Basin's motto from decades gone by? We will give you a gentle hint - "Utah's best kept secret!"
Why let the secret out of the bag? And to OVBA members, is this a reasonable expenditure of funds from your leaders who are desperately trying to sell their real estate projects?
A prominent local resident recently replied to the email with this, "Are you sure your marketing efforts aren't going to kill the goose that lays the golden egg?????"
We could not agree more.
Oh, and did we mention that Carolyn works for our world famous "Powderville?"
Humble readers, is this promotion of Ogden Valley or Exploitation?
Thursday, May 22, 2008
It may be that our property tax system in Utah looks pretty good to outsiders, but a close examination of the details of our property tax system indicates it is favorable to some and unfavorable for many others, such as the elderly, on a scale that is clearly not understood by most taxpayers.
Some facts you should know:
1. In Utah, about 55% or more of your property tax funds education. This can be unfair to many taxpayers because large families do not now pay their fair share when they have several children in our public school system. The property tax rate is based on the home assessment, and does not account for the financial burden large families place on the education system. Two neighbors with similar homes may pay a similar property tax, though one may have no children in school and the other may have many children in the school system. With a 55% tax share, if we are going to reform the property tax system, the funding of education must be the logical starting point.
One solution is to remove the education funding from property taxes and replace it with funding from sales tax in Utah. Using the sales tax, everyone who spends money in Utah shares the education funding on an equal basis and property taxes would be reduced by 55%. People with large families will then pay their fair share as they buy the normal taxable items for their growing families over the years. Safeguards can be put in place by the legislature to handle any downturn in sales tax revenue for a specific year. This change would not impact the County taxes that fund County services.
2. It also appears that less than timely assessments throughout Utah add to the woes of the property taxpayers. Property should be assessed yearly to keep pace with the changing value of our homes and properties. It seems that only when property increases in value does the reassessment come forward. If the property taxes rose and fell in concert with the market value every year, taxpayers would better understand and accept these changes. For example, in Ogden Valley home values dropped 17-23% this past year, yet the tax assessment was based on the value two years ago by the assessor’s office. If any home in question was reassessed yearly the taxes would be almost $900 - $1100 less this year.
What we must address with our state political leadership is that the counties and State do not wish to reassess your property if the value has decreased because it lowers their tax revenue stream. With a little effort in the computer age and using computer models, they should be able to reassess each property yearly based on current market value.
We attended a meeting in Huntsville that Gage Froerer called (to his credit) looking for input on ideas to improve the property tax system in the state. During the meeting one man said he attended a meeting of State County Assessors earlier in the year, and assessors from areas near Salt Lake and Provo admitted that some properties have not been reassessed since the 1980s. This kind of lazy, selective assessment work leads to other state taxpayers picking up this tax slack. When these same properties are finally reassessed, the taxes could double, triple, or worse in a single year.
Our investigation of the assessor’s office in Weber County last year clearly revealed two specific problems:
1. Property owners that may owe delinquent taxes on property are still issued petitions by the Planning Department to develop or build even though their property taxes are unpaid, sometimes for multiple years.
This was brought to the Weber County Commissioner’s attention last year and as of yet, only minor changes regarding subdivisions are being considered by the County. All delinquent property taxes should be paid before ANY petition or permit is granted by the County for that property.
2. The other problem relates to the 45% property tax exemption for Utah residents on their primary residence. It is a fact that many multiple property owners use a Post Office box for the mailing address on their additional properties. Some falsely claim and receive the 45% exemption illegally on those additional properties. This problem may not be unique to Weber County.
These problems in the County Assessors office affect cash flow to the County and place the burden on the other taxpayers to carry the tax load of these tax scofflaws because the County Assessor or County Commission refuses to close these loopholes when they could be resolved with some simple diligence by the Assessors office.
These are important points since, at the taxpayer’s meeting last year at the Jr. High School in Eden, the deputy County Assessor stated that the largest problem for Weber County is the uncollected and delinquent property taxes!
We suggest that you contact your State Representative Gage Froerer and State Senator Allan Christensen along with our Weber County Commissioners. Their contact numbers and e-mail addresses can be found at the VCRD Web site http://www.vcrdutah.org.(under Resources)
We need active citizen involvement on these issues now, the property tax system and it’s flaws will not be changed if our leaders believe our system is “Well Run”.
Larry and Sharon Zini
Thursday, May 08, 2008
The word is out and about in Ogden Valley that the Bison Creek Ranch subdivision near Huntsville may be hanging by a thread. This could have a significant impact on other approved subdivisions in the area on the South end of Pineview. The Rivers Cluster (South of Huntsville Town) and Trappers Crossing (old Trappers Loop Road) subdivisions were to link up with the Bison Creek project and use the new wastewater treatment facility that was to be constructed by the Bison Creek developers. If Bison Creek does not build their project, the other two subdivisions must return to the Ogden Valley Planning Commission to address and gain approval for how they are going to handle the wastewater treatment for their projects.
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How would you like to be a developer in an overbuilt and declining market?
The Ogden Valley Planning Commission and the voter elected Weber County Commissioners who appoint them, are going to decide the future of the Ogden Valley and they should clearly understand how the residents feel on significant issues of development, water, open spaces and traffic.
Contact information for Weber County officials as well as Federal and State elected officials can be found at the VCRD Website
under Resources. www.vcrdutah.org
Your VCRD staff
Sunday, May 04, 2008
Colonel Mike Brill became the first pilot in the world to fly 6,000 hours in an F-16 fighting falcon whilst flying a mission in Iraq. We are anxiously awaiting his safe return home and are proud to have Colonel Brill as a Valley neighbor.
Read the Story here
We will also post a very fitting Powderville Cartoon that was submitted by one of our humble readers. We think Devon Hoxer is quite a talent, and The Standard Examiner's Calvin Grondahl may have some local competition.
Enjoy your Sunday morning Ogden Valley.