Dwayne is a candidate for the Millcreek City Council
in District 2
In order to request a sign for your yard, make a donation,
volunteer, or contact Dwayne about his campaign you may
call (435) 659-4176 or e-mail Vance4Millcreek@gmail.com
If you are wondering if you are in District 2, the boundaries are generally as follows:
GOALS AND PRIORITIES FOR MILLCREEK
Millcreek has a monumental task ahead of it with incorporation fast approaching, and anyone who thinks otherwise just isn’t being realistic. With this great challenge comes a great opportunity to lay the foundation for what I believe is going to be a great city. While there are many things that need to be done, far more than I can address in a single e-mail, I would like to highlight some of my goals and priorities for Millcreek.
Some of my main goals for Millcreek are represented by the acronym UTE: Unity, Transparency, and Engagement, each of which is discussed more fully below.
Two of my primary priorities for Millcreek are making a decision about the Municipal Services District (MSD) and creating a comprehensive general plan, again, each of which is discussed more fully below.
While we have been systematically trained by the media to only expect short sound bites and clever memes to make a point, especially when it comes to politics, sometimes we need to dig a little deeper, which is what I am going to try and do with my comments below (and even then I am only scratching the surface of a select few of the many issues facing Millcreek in the coming year). I apologize in advance for its length compared to the many other e-mails you routinely receive, but I encourage you to take the time to read the rest of this e-mail (and to do what you can to be informed and educated about all of the candidates running for Millcreek City Council and Mayor, as well as the many important issues facing Millcreek in the coming year).
UNITY: Although I am an admitted Utah Utes fan, I hope that nobody reads too much into the acronym UTE (some of my best friends are BYU fans, and I wouldn’t have it any other way). The point is that people with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and views, can come together and be united in a common purpose. Rather than focusing on our differences as divisive factors, we should celebrate the broad diversity that can be found throughout Millcreek, and draw on the various strengths that such diversity provides in order to make Millcreek the best community it can possibly be. In particular, I would like to tear down the figurative wall that some (admittedly not all, but some) people seem to think exists between what has been referenced as East Millcreek and West Millcreek. One city, one community, one vision, with common goals across the board.
TRANSPARENCY: It is very important to me that the Millcreek municipal operations be absolutely transparent. While open and public meetings are the bare minimum, I believe true transparency is more than just announcing decisions in public meetings. First of all, the public must be given proper notice of such meetings, and such notice needs to go beyond the bare minimum legal requirements and include efforts to reach as many citizens as possible, including such measures as publication on a city website, e-mails, etc. There are many creative ways to use technology to not only provide Millcreek residents with notice of meetings, but to allow them to view and participate in such meetings without having to be there in person, such as streaming meetings live and taking comments electronically. In addition to just notice of meetings and a brief description of topics, as much information as possible should be disseminated to residents in advance of the meetings so they have a better understanding of what is being decided, and again the creative use of technology can help tremendously in this effort. In order for Millcreek to be the best that it can possibly be, the residents need to be informed and educated.
ENGAGEMENT: The City Council, Mayor, and staff cannot effectively run Millcreek on their own. It is critical that the residents not only be informed and educated, but that they actively engage in doing what they can for Millcreek. It starts with the election process by actively voting during elections, and making informed and educated choices about who you think will best represent you in city government. But that is only the beginning, not the end. In order for residents to hold their elected officials accountable, they need to continue to be educated and informed about what is (and, quite frankly, is not) happening in Millcreek. There will be many boards, commissions, and committees for which volunteers will be needed. There will be many important decisions made in City Council Meetings and Planning Commission Meetings at which valuable public input from the residents of Millcreek as a whole will be needed.
I believe the above three goals are interrelated and feed upon each other. Unity among residents will help ensure that the government is acting in a transparent manner, and unified residents will be more likely to actively engage as needed. Transparency by the government will help the residents be informed and educated, making it more likely that they will engage and be unified in doing so. Engagement by the residents will help unify them as they work together and hold their elected officials accountable and demand transparency.
While there are many important issues to deal with during Millcreek’s first year of existence, two of the issues that I believe should be given top priority are the MSD and a general plan.
Municipal Services District (MSD): I would first like to clarify a few things. Millcreek currently receives a number of services from the MSD, including road maintenance, snow plowing, sidewalk construction and maintenance, planning services, engineering services, animal control services, justice court services, etc. However, two very important services that are not provided through the MSD are police protection (which is provided through the Unified Police Department or UPD) and fire protection (which is provided through the Unified Fire Authority or UFA). While the Millcreek City Council has the ability to opt out of the MSD within the first six months after incorporation, Millcreek can only opt out of the UPD or UFA pursuant to a vote of the Millcreek residents (similar to the vote to incorporate). So whenever there is a discussion about leaving the MSD, such a decision has nothing to do with police and fire.
The MSD is funded through sales tax revenues that otherwise would be available to Millcreek to pay for those same services in some other manner (and potentially pay for other items as well). Additionally, as long as Millcreek remains to be a member of the MSD, all of the municipal services come as a single package deal and Millcreek does not have the ability to pick and choose which services it wants to contract to receive through the MSD and which services to self-provide or receive in some other manner (such as teaming up with another nearby city or using a third party contractor).
I believe that one of the primary reasons that residents of Millcreek voted to incorporate was so that we could control our own destiny and have direct control over what happens in our community. However, that is not necessarily going to happen as long as Millcreek remains to be a member of the MSD. For example, I would like planning to be done on a local level here within Millcreek. When decisions arise regarding development, I want the final decision to be made by people who actually live here in Millcreek and have the best interests of Millcreek in mind. On the other hand, I believe it makes sense to continue to contract with the MSD for certain services, such as road maintenance and snow plowing, at least until we have another viable and better alternative available to us (and I do not believe that self-providing road maintenance and snow plowing is a viable and better alternative immediately after incorporation, but it may become a viable and better alternative at some point down the road).
Before Millcreek can opt out of the MSD, the law requires that a feasibility study be conducted so that the Millcreek City Council can make an informed decision based on the projected numbers as to whether or not to withdraw from the MSD. I believe we need to pursue such a feasibility study as soon as possible, and the remaining candidates for City Council have been working cooperatively together to help facilitate such a feasibility study as soon as possible after incorporation. No final decision can or should be made prior to receiving and reviewing the feasibility study, but based upon what I already know I believe that the odds are in favor of it being beneficial for Millcreek to opt out of the MSD and mandatory participation in all of the services provided by the MSD, and then contract back with the MSD for various selected services for at least the immediate future (again, until a viable and better alternative becomes available).
I know a lot of people are concerned about an increase in their property taxes as a result of the incorporation of Millcreek. The sad reality is that your property taxes are likely to increase next year and it has nothing to do with the incorporation of Millcreek, and would have happened even if Millcreek had not incorporated. The UPD is funded through the Salt Lake Valley Law Enforcement Service Area (or SLVLESA), which is its own taxing authority (meaning it can levy and collect property taxes on its own independent of Millcreek). SLVESA is proposing a property tax increase for next year with respect to the UPD which is wholly independent of the incorporation of Millcreek, and none of those increased property taxes will go to Millcreek.
General Plan: We need to create a general plan that uniquely fits the needs of Millcreek and its residents. A good general plan will address present and future needs of our community, transportation issues, safety concerns, the aesthetics and cultural aspects of our community, potential new growth and development, protection of existing residential neighborhoods, and potential changes such as well-planned mixed use areas that provide opportunities for shopping, entertainment, and employment to be within walking and biking distance of residences, etc. This general plan can then be used as a roadmap going forward that will provide guidance and direction for future decisions and actions. There will still be unplanned side excursions from the originally planned path depending upon changing circumstances, but overall we will still be headed in the right direction. One of the goals is to avoid a haphazard patchwork of development and growth that ultimately does not fit together as well as it can and should. Zoning, planning, future development, and re-development will all flow from a good and comprehensive general plan. This is one instance in which I firmly believe in the old adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
"I have worked with Dwayne for several years, and each time he has shown that he does what is correct and fair. Wasatch Constables, and myself endorse Dwayne Vance for Millcreek City Council."
—Rob Kolkman, Wasatch Constables—
R. Lee Snelgrove
Francis City Mayor
I am writing this letter of support of Dwayne Vance in his desire to serve in a city council position.
I have been associated with Mr. Vance for several years. During that time I have served as a City Council member and Mayor for Francis City. Mr. Vance was serving as city attorney. He was a great help to advising the city in important matters. He has a great ability to be able to look at both sides of an issue before determining the best action to be taken. I have observed him listening to citizens about their concerns, and then acting on them as needed.
I would recommend Mr. Vance as a man with integrity, honesty, and a great desire to act in the best interest of the City. He would be a great council member for your city.
Tom Davis and Rivka Richman were both candidates for Millcreek City Council District 2,
and now they have both endorsed Dwayne Vance.
Additional Endorsements of Dwayne Vance for Millcreek City Council District 2.
As the numbers keep coming in, it looks like Marchant and Vance will be heading to the election in November.
I will definitely be volunteering my time, wherever needed, to help get Millcreek up and running. I am happy to endorse Jeff Silvestrini and Dwayne Vance for Mayor and District 2.
I have had such a wonderful experience running for office. It was so great to meet and talk with many of the residents in District 2. Thank you so much for all the support! It's an exciting time to be part of Millcreek City.
VOLUNTEER LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE
In addition to many volunteer activities, I have significant leadership experience with a number of non-profit organizations, including the following.
President & Board Member
President & Board Member
President & Board Member
District Advancement Committee Member
Assistant District Commissioner
Chartered Organization Representative
Venture Scout Advisor
Varsity Scout Advisor
Boy Scout Advisor
First Counselor to Three Bishops
Stake High Council Member
Stake Young Men's President
Ward Young Men's President
Ward Mission Leader
I was also a founding partner in the law firm of Miller Vance & Thompson, and currently own and operate my own law firm—Vance Law.
I believe I have the leadership skills necessary to make a positive contribution on the inaugural Millcreek City Council and our new city as a whole.
Thomas C. Davis
Because of the serious nature of the voting public having to select one of several candidates and because of my more than 20 years serving on Community Councils, Running for Office and otherwise serving the Millcreek Community, I offer the following:
Dwayne Vance is a candidate in whom I have confidence and a personal knowledge of his abilities and past service. Dwayne has lived in our Millcreek Community for many years, has a wife and a family who are a credit both in service and in reputation and would serve us well. There are several others who have filed for this Council Position in District 2 who are good persons and have integrity. There is, however, at least two additional requirements which I feel are absolutely necessary as we begin the process of forming a New City.
First off the 5 persons who will become an integral part of decision making must have a vision of what our Unified City can become . . . what resources are and most of all what our people want for our City that is of general interest and necessary for our growth. Dwayne has that vision and recognizes the resources with which he must work. Secondly, the Council Members must have a background in Budget and Finance.
There are adequate funds to support our City and its Governance. We do not need a Tax Increase. The challenge for our city council & mayor will be to understand the complexity of the source of these funds and to handle them with the care and confidence the area populous has vested in them. Dwayne Vance is the best and most proven individual to do this. He understands budgeting and finance and has the wisdom to make those hard decisions which most assuredly will come.
For those of you who know me personally and know me from my service and exposure in the Community, I recommend Dwayne as the most qualified candidate with the social, educational background, and work experience to best serve us on the Millcreek City Council District #2..
"Dwayne Vance has done an amazing job with our neighborhood for over 10 years, and he will do the same for Millcreek District 2. Please vote for Dwayne, trust me!"
Max G. Worthington
former "No to Millcreek City" supporter
Why I endorse Dwayne Vance for Millcreek City Council District 2.
The great news is all the candidates who will be in the final election for Millcreek City are capable dedicated citizens of the community and we should be proud to have such a great pool to choose from.
One of the most challenging aspects of this transition into a City, will be to understand what it will take to continue the majority of great municipal services we have been use to and to improve service levels surrounding zoning and building, which hyper local control makes the most sense.
The challenge is to know exactly what to do and here is why I support Dwayne Vance for Council District 2 of Millcreek City. Some may think this is simple, just contract with who you want or get your own staff and that may well be the best solution. The newly, since last September 2015, formed Municipal Service District (MSD), which includes everything the County provides except for Police, Fire and the Wasatch District for Garbage collection, municipal services. There have been two general ways that were presented as to how the MSD *might* function; One was the County would turn over all assets and personnel to the MSD, who would then administer for the members of the MSD and contract out the services to townships and other cities, the second was that the County would retain all of the assets and they would contract to the MSD, who would be a tax and financial administrator representing the members?
Fortunately this decision, because we elected to become a city, is to be by the newly elected council and mayor. It will also require, by law, a feasibility study, which will take in the final facts and details needed to make a rational informed decision.
It is in this regard that Dwayne Vance always stood out from the beginning of his campaign. He indicated, when questioned about the MSD, that it would have to be clearly detailed and studied out before making a final decision. Other candidates have indicated they would follow (blindly?) the now unofficial vote regarding the MSD, which was only applicable if we had remained a Township and given the confusion and ambiguity of these little understood details, some not even determined yet. In a recent educational meeting on becoming a city, a woman got up and said “we have to dump the MSD because that is what I voted for and was told by so and so, to do”. That was a very scary statement to me and reflects an emotional, ill-informed position. I am not advocating one way or the other about the MSD yet, but to have responsible elected officials to both study this out in detail before making a final decision and even knowing what options exist. There certainly are clear elements that everyone wants, but the devil is in the details and Dwayne with his legal and financial background will be one to study it out thoroughly to make possibly the most crucial initial decision for the new city of Millcreek.
I am a firm believer in community service. I volunteer my time as a small claims court judge in both Park City and Heber City. I have volunteered countless hours as a leader for the Boy Scouts of America for nearly 30 years. I am an active member of the Rotary Club. In my role as a lawyer I assist many non-profit organizations on a reduced fee and often a volunteer basis. Currently one of my favorite activities is volunteering at my daughter's elementary school as part of the WatchD.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) program.
"I can't say enough good about Dwayne Vance. I have worked closely with him for years and find him a man of great intelligence, wisdom, experience and talent. He will strongly and energetically defend our interests. His knowledge of law and real-estate make him well qualified for the task. It is exciting for me to endorse a candidate with so much integrity and community interest."
—R. Ralph Bradley—