Sunday , June 17, 2018 - 12:00 AM3 comments
I have had the opportunity to work closely with both James Ebert and Gage Froerer, and wish to share my experience with Gage Froerer’s remarkable leadership style. I first met Gage before I held any political office when I contacted him as a constituent. He personally responded, and genuinely listened to what I had to say. I have never forgotten that meaningful interaction between constituent and representative, and as I have become more involved in local government I have continued to see the same humble and purposeful servant leadership from Gage in every setting.
As someone who has been deeply involved with Weber County government, I am concerned with the political rancor, questionable budgetary practices, and inadequate transparency I have witnessed on some important county issues. For example, although I supported raises for our fantastic Sheriff’s deputies and even a reasonable tax increase specifically for that, it was wrong for the County Commission to raise taxes far beyond what was need for Sheriff’s Dept. wages in order to also fund a large amount of one-time expenses like capital projects and buying back employee leave and sick time. Permanent tax increases should not be passed based on one-time expenses, because this in effect creates a windfall of tax revenue for government leaders to spend on other items—with less public scrutiny—in all future years after the one-time expenses are paid for. Gage Froerer has a long track record of fighting for the taxpayers against these types of budgetary practices.
Based on years of experience and repeated interactions both social and professional, I know Gage Froerer to be a true leader who cares deeply about each individual. He is a man of the people who is accessible and transparent. And he is someone who collaboratively and relentlessly works for the best interests of the citizens.
Brent Taylor is currently on a leave of absence from serving as mayor of North Ogden City for military service. Disclaimer required by military policy: this letter contains the personal views of the author and does not represent the Department of Defense.
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