With less than one week left until the Republican Primary election, the candidates for Cache County Executive are stepping up their campaigns.
Boyd Pugmire, a resident of North Logan, and Craig Buttars, a resident of Lewiston, are competing for the office that has been held by the retiring Lynn Lemon over the last 20 years.
No one likes property taxes, according to Craig Buttars, who is currently a member of the Cache County Council.
On <a href=”http://610kvnu.com/assets/podcaster/324/2014_06_18_324_23309_2867.mp3″ target=”_blank”>KVNU’s For the People program Tuesday</a>, Buttars told a caller that there was a special need for the council to raise property taxes and he went along with the other members of the council.
“There was a recommended 10% increase,” Buttars explained. “I suggested that we use some of our reserve fund and limit that to a 5% tax increase, and that did pass. We had some serious problems with our road department and those problems needed to be met, and also our water planning.”
Buttars said this was a serious situation and he would not recommend using reserve money for one-time needs. Buttars has been on the council for six years and he previously served 10 years in the Utah Legislature representing District 3.
Pugmire has been both mayor and member of the city council in Clarkston and he has held other civic positions, including chairman of the Cache Republican Party. On <a href=”http://610kvnu.com/assets/podcaster/324/2014_06_17_324_23294_2867.mp3″ target=”_blank”>KVNU’s For the People program Monday</a>, he said if elected he wants to have an open dialogue with the people of the county and wants them to feel good about talking to him “one on one.”
“It’s been really interesting going out and seeing what the public throughout the county, what their feelings are, what their concerns are and spending time with them,” explained Pugmire. “I actually made a promise before the convention that upon being elected, I will continue to have town-hall meetings throughout the county, at least quarterly, during the full time that I’m in office.”
Early voting for the primary election continues through Friday, June 20. Regular voting for the primary election is Tuesday, June 24 at precincts throughout Cache County. As there is no Democratic opponent to this race, this will be the only election to determine who will be the next Cache County Executive.