Our city’s ice-rink was built for use in the Olympic Games in 2002. It has since served local residents in various ways, while being co-owned by both Utah County and Provo city. Sadly, its usage fees have been subsidized by taxpayers in both jurisdictions. Our county commission recently showed interest in divesting its share of ownership in this ice rink, which might have constituted a good opportunity to fully privatize this facility—but Provo’s city officers eagerly kept this facility fully in public hands by making a deal with Utah County to eventually assume sole ownership of it.
Provo’s city officers seem determined to maintain each-and-every publicly-owned facility that they currently oversee, and to keep expanding that array. Their current roster of city-run businesses includes a redevelopment agency, a monopolistic power company, an airport, a local television channel, a library, a money-losing performing-arts center, a rather-profitable (for the moment) new recreation center, a fitness center, a golf course, the ice rink mentioned above, a water park, a city park service, a gun range, a garbage-collection service, a recycling service, and a cemetery, with plans to possibly add a new museum and/or beach.
As Provo’s city officers play CEO of a growing collection of business operations, this arguably distracts them from their core (and only proper) role, which is to help us to expertly defend our rights from others’ aggression. Also, they’re not defending but (sadly) violating our rights whenever they wantonly help themselves our hard-earned money in order to subsidize other people’s expenses, such as through Provo’s new RAP (recreation, arts, and parks) tax.
Let’s please encourage our city officers to stop redistributing our paychecks, to stop playing entrepreneur, to fully privatize Provo’s present publicly-run business ventures (as it did once before with iProvo), and to focus on helping us to defend our equal God-given rights. You may find their contact information below.
Also, let’s strive to persuade our neighbors to elect better city officers in 2019 who will do the right thing on their own without needing to be lobbied. This is a great time-of-year to spend time outside knocking on neighbors’ doors in order to try to proselytize them to support the cause of freedom. In doing so, you’re welcome to use our website’s resources if they help any.
- Provo: Peaks Ice Arena
- Provo Channel 17: “Provo City Ice Arena Announcement (short version)” (2018 Apr 19)
- Provo Channel 17: “Provo City Ice Arena Full Press Conference” (2018 Apr 19)
- Provo Daily Herald: “Peaks Ice Arena will not be auctioned, Utah County and Provo announce agreement” (2018 Apr 19)
- Provo: Provo City RAP Tax
- Provo: Meet the Council
- Free Provo: Running Monopolies
- Free Provo: Solutions
- Facebook: Free Provo