Emery County Tables Decision to Authorize the Creation of the Seven County Infrastructure Coalition

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After fielding questions and concerns from citizens on Tuesday, the Emery County Commissioners tabled the decision to approve a resolution authorizing the creation of the Seven County Infrastructure Coalition until the next commission meeting on July 22.

The concept of the Seven County Coalition is to develop an entity that would function much as a service district and serve as an informal advisory group between Carbon, Daggett, Duchesne, Emery, Grand, San Juan and Uintah counties. The coalition would focus on economic development and transportation.

The purpose of the entity is to secure funding as a joint group for environmental analysis and projects and to stand together as a multiple entity. The vision is to allow this entity to quickly and easily act and react to market conditions that are driving different projects across the seven counties.

One citizen voiced his concern over creating another government entity. He wondered at what point does the government own too much land and other things. The citizen also voiced concern that community members would no longer have anything else to tax in order to pay for the necessities of the county.

After much discussion, it was decided that the approval of the creation of the Seven County Infrastructure Coalition would be tabled until clarifications are made and further discussion can take place.

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