I share my anger, frustration, and concern with many other Ogdenite's over the recent disaster that ensued surrounding the Ogden Nature Center, Weber County Fairgrounds, and Golden Spike Events Center and the proposed designation change.
Let's talk about Accountability:
My opponent and current Council Member of 12 years, Doug Stephens, said the following in response to the public outcry; "This information about the Nature Center wasn't viewed by the City Council. This was the idea by the Mayor and the administration."
Why is this acceptable and what can be done, or better yet- what should have already been done?
An ordinance that limits the City's Administration and their powers in regards to policy influence.
Councilman Stephens has had 12 years on Council to draft and pass an ordinance limiting the powers of the Administration to prevent fiascos like this. Trust me when I say, this is not the first time that the City's Administration has overstepped their bounds. Shaking this situation off as a mistake or miscommunication is not acceptable. Not only should the Administration be held accountable, but so should City Councilmembers that have had their chance to create policy and failed.
With New Leadership comes New Possibilities and one of my first priorities if elected will be to draft and pass an ordinance that applies greater restrictions on the City's Administration.
I will always remember that I represent the people of Ogden, their values, and their beliefs. I will fight to protect our Community Assets, like the Ogden Nature Center. I will hold myself accountable to the highest degree. I will do my best each day to affect positive change within Ogden City.
Community Service is, and will continue to be my passion, my priority, and my purpose.
If you live in Municipal Ward 3 and want to see a fresh, bold, and progressive vision for Ogden City on the Council, Vote "Taylor Knuth" on your ballot.
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