Some years ago, there was an incident in our community, where funds, that has been given in trust by members of the community, were used in a very speculative way. The idea was to make great returns. But the method used was questionable, and when all the elements came together, the money was lost. The goal to make a great return and demonstrate to the investors, the prowess of the funds manager, was a driving force. But failure to observe a little honesty, integrity and taking responsibility for the outcomes, caused the person in charge to be accused of some serious crimes and eventually sentenced to prison.
The person in charge, said that everything he did, was for the benefit of those that had given him funds. And in the end, there were many excuses, but not anything that could justify the actions taken.
Recently something very similar happened in our valley, that reminded a few of the events some years ago.
Money was misused in a very speculative endeavor, with the same hope of a large return in a short period of time. The return did not come about. And although, there were promises made, the money is still out there. Yes, it can be recovered in time, but the fact, that tax payer money, was used in a very bizarre manner, along with a few elected officials who voted approval of this endeavor, the outcome is basically the same as events years ago.
The big question on the minds of many, seems to be what should be the penalty for taking tax payer funds and placing them in a speculative venture? It does not seem, it would be fair, to place all of the blame on the back of the Heber City Manager, since, he was acting on approval granted by four of the elected officials with a big push by the current Mayor. But it does seem, that someone should pay for this blatant misuse.
Right now the spin masters are working overtime to make it all seem like, what was done, was right, and nothing new.
Taxpayers are wondering, if this seems so easy to do, what else has been done, that is unknown to the masses?
According to a number of people, perhaps the County Attorney should open an investigation. As of today, word on the street is suggesting, that if the County Attorney is unable, then the Attorney General needs to take a peek.
Is there a need right now, for someone at Heber City to fall on their sword?
Taxpayers are nervous and they have a right to be. Is their tax money safe in the hands of the current administration? Is the almighty dollar the only guiding light in Heber City? Was Mr. Anderson wrong for doing what he did? What was the City Council doing in approving such misuse to start with? The taxpayers need some real answers with supporting documents.
Will there be some leader come forth and prove there is still some leadership left? It seems now, that people can not have confidence in their leaders, appointed or elected.
At the next City Council meeting, rather than playing patty-cake with some developer, have a discussion on how the City can bring confidence back into the process of governing. As it is now, everything done, is going to be scrutinized and placed under a microscope and rightly so. Can the elected officials expect anything less after their complicity in this matter?