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Volunteer shareholders participate in developing general plan for city


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By KEN LARSON
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Volunteers Frankie Sacco, Pat Larson, Dave Zaccaria, Penny Sampinos, Kathy Smith, Sharon Juliano and Alice Beacco share ideas regarding the future of parks and trails in Price. Gathering at the Price City Hall, the group of volunteer project stakeholders offered input and possible options for developing a new city plan.

Every successful city has an effective master or general plan. The plan which acts as a guide for making decisions regarding community growth and improvement.

That's why Price officials are in the process of creating a new city general plan. The mayor and city council would like to involve the public in creating a document which reflects the desires of the community.

Public input is being sought through a survey of local residents and a series of community meetings.

A citizen advisory committee made up of 12 Price residents and community leaders was recently established to work with the planning group at JUB Engineers to assist in the general development process.

In addition a larger group of community stakeholders recently met with the committee in several planning exercises to help determine the future community vision, as well as the necessary plan elements and goals. The planning process will take approximately eight months, with final public hearings on the plan slated for April of next year.

The new Price city general plan will cover many community issues and concepts, including land uses and zoning, economic development, urban design and beautification, housing, transportation, parks and recreation, and public services.

It will assist the city officials in focusing on the important current and future issues.

To identify the important issues, local residents are encouraged to participate in several taxpayers association.

When comparing teacher salaries to the private sector, Utah ranks 26th, 4.7 percent above the U.S. average

Utah educators on average earn 28 percent more than the average Utah private sector worker. This ratio is 4.7 percent higher than the equivalent ratio for the nation as a whole, according to the AFT.

Utah's current ranking is a significant improvement over its 1992 ranking of 46th highest.

Utah teacher salaries in comparison to college-educated workers is 35th in the nation, 2.7 percent below the U.S. average.

Utah educators earn 0.9 percent more than the average college-educated Utah worker, which is slightly lower than the 3.7 percent that average U.S. teachers earn compared to average college-educated American workers, according to ALEC.

The variation between the states is very low so that a slight 5 percent increase in Utah's ratio would increase Utah's ranking to 26th .

Utah's teachers rank 11th when compared to per-capita personal income, 8.9 percent higher than the U.S. average.

However, per-capita comparisons of Utah with other states are generally misleading due to Utah's unique demographics which are driven by families with high numbers of non-wage earning children.

Utah ranks fourth in teacher's salary increases over time compared to their counterparts in other states in the years 1992 to 2002, according to the NEA and the AFT.

During the period, nominal average teacher wages increased 43.8 percent in Utah while increasing 29.7 percent nationwide.

Utah ranked especially high in percent wage increase, and if the trend continues, Utah educators will continue to move up the national rankings.


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