Civic Role: Clerks / Treasurers
Annexation is the formal process of incorporating additional property, previously part of an unincorporated county, into a municipality’s jurisdictional boundaries. The incorporation of this property into the existing municipality makes the new territory subject to the municipality’s various plans, codes, and ordinances.
A Public Infrastructure District (PID) is a local government entity created to organize financing for public improvements in a specific community. A PID is governed by community members and has the power to levy additional property taxes, impose fees, and issue bonds.
The Open and Public Meetings Act (OPMA) is intended to provide citizens the opportunity to witness the decisions made by their community’s elected/appointment officials, including the deliberations leading up to those decisions. An essential aspect to a free and democratic society is the ability of citizens to observe the inner workings of their government and impact citizens can have with their educated votes. Though the regulations of OPMA may seem very strict, they are important in preserving the balance between the people and their government.
The Governmental Records Access and Management Act (GRAMA) can be found in §63G-2 of Utah State Code. Simply put, GRAMA are the laws that pertain to the management of government records. These laws attempt to balance the citizen’s right to access government information/records, with an individual’s constitutional rights of privacy when the requested record contains personal data.