Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon recently wrote an op-ed defending his record with details about which entities have been borrowing what amounts ("Mayor to Crockett: Get your facts straight," Opinion, Aug. 19). I consider Peter a friend, and he is factually correct, but he misses the central point: Debt impairs our ability to deliver important human services, plan for future growth and improve our community.
Just because Salt Lake County can borrow money doesn't mean we should. Across the country, reducing spending and debt should be the primary objective for leaders looking for solutions to bloated budgets especially in these tough economic times. When I talk about reforming county government, I do so with the aim to improve services and lower the burden on our families. The county's core services impact people's lives in a profound way and we need to put people first.
Salt Lake County is the 13th-largest employer in the state of Utah, and it has the second-largest budget after the state government. The numbers don't get much bigger or the stakes much higher.