Is Requiring Water Rights for New County Subdivisions Absurd?

by Robert John Stevens, January 2, 2018 Suppose Utah County requires every vehicle buyer to purchase so many gallons of fuel a year. During inversions when our air is dirty and unhealthy, some want the government to force people to drive less but what do we do about vehicles that consume less fuel? Some citizens […]

Should Governments Seize Property and Ruin The Lives of Citizens Who Fail to Pay Their Property Taxes?

by Robert John Stevens, December 22, 2017 If you fail to pay your property taxes, should the government seize your property? I’ve sat in several Utah County Commissioners’ Meetings where citizen appeals are reviewed. Each time county employees testify to the county commissioners that they sent property tax notices and still the taxes weren’t paid. […]

Subdivision Approval Increases Land Values and Borrowing Power Needed for Capital Improvements

by Robert John Stevens, September 27, 2017 For innovation to flourish, farmers, developers and entrepreneurs need capital. Landowners need loans for a variety of reasons, but when governments such as Utah County deny settlement, to obtain higher loans from banks, landowners must agree to lien more of their property, take more risk and in some […]

Utah County Proposal to Balance Authoritarian Control with Liberty for New Subdivisions

Letter to various Utah County Employees, September 21, 2017, by Robert John Stevens Hi Craig (Bostock), Brandon (Larsen), Jay (Montgomery), Bill (Lee), Brian (Voeks), and Glen (Tanner), Please consider this proposal to balance the authoritarian control that Utah County demands and enforces with personal liberty and private property rights: Rather than delay subdivision approval, by […]

How Did Humans Survive Without Modern Waste Water Treatment?

by Robert John Stevens, September 8, 2017 I was denied an appeal on Wednesday from a board of four Utah County residents, one was Larry Ellertson a former Utah County Commissioner. I hope my follow-up email, also posted below, offers insight. Dear Craig (Bostock), Jason (Garrett), Ralph (Clegg) and Carl (Hollan), Congratulations again on denying […]

Hemp for Victory But Not for Utah Dogs

In 1942, the U.S. Department of Agriculture created a film to urge farmers to grow more hemp since it was needed in many war-time and civilian products. Utah, the state that should better, the majority still Mormon and well aware of the Mormon doctrines that God made everything for the use of man, probably under […]

Absurdities of Dealing with a Tyrannical Government in Utah County

by Robert John Stevens, April 25, 2017 My wife picked up a feasibility letter today signed by Craig Bostock, Water Quality Program Manager, at the Utah County Health Department (UCHD). My response below should help the reader see the absurdities of dealing with a tyrannical government, their unaccountable employees and their obsession to torment citizens. […]

Utah County to Spend Millions on Software When the Alternatives are Free

by Robert John Stevens, Thursday, March 23, 2017 Imagine you need a new word processor. Rather than download 30-day free trials and then compare their solutions for the tasks you use most, you delegate your decision process to paid, community leaders who invite large, for-profit vendors to pitch their solutions and then politicians decide for […]

Appeal to Utah County Health Department for their Unfair Practice

by Robert Stevens, December 8, 2016 Letter to the Utah County Health Department: Dear … (names removed), Because the Utah County Health Department (UCHD) claims the below-surface water depth of my 5.25-acre parcel measured 32 inches vs 34 inches, the future homeowner must pay an additional $5k for his sewage system according to excavator Brian […]

Should Regulations be Gradually Mandated Only as the Population per Square Mile Increases?

by Robert John Stevens, December 1, 2016 Utah County, where I live, needs more sophisticated scrutiny of subdivision regulations so farmers can build on their own land without incurring huge expenses and years of kicking against the pricks. Ezra Taft Benson said it best—If an individual citizen requests something of his neighbor and his neighbor […]