Politics
4:15 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

McAdams Announces Inauguration Plans

Photo courtesy of Ben McAdams for County Mayor.
Photo courtesy of Ben McAdams for County Mayor.

Democrat Ben McAdams will be sworn in as the next Salt Lake County Mayor on Monday at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. He’ll be joined by newly elected county council members Sam Granato, Jim Bradley, Max Burdick and Michael Jensen. 

First on McAdams’ agenda is creating  a public works service district that operates like the model that currently exists with police and fire. Public works projects like road maintenance, flood control and snow removal will no longer be a service of the county. Cities or the county would contract with the new district for services.

“Not that we should have a single provider countywide but that we should look to consolidate and collaborate to really provide a better service at a lower cost to the taxpayers," McAdams says.

McAdams says the service district will create efficiencies in county government.

“And allow the county to focus on its health and human services function, to focus on some of the community and culture amenities like we have here at the Rose Wagner and really focus on even some new areas that the county doesn’t do currently," McAdams says."

McAdams announced his plans at the Rose Wagner Theater with District 4 councilman elect Sam Granato and Ginette Bott with the Utah Food Bank.  The Food Bank is partnering with McAdams to hold a food drive on the night of the inaugural celebration.