Message from Mayor Berube

Thanks to the many citizens and organizations who volunteered to help with our Cherry Days celebration! Also, thanks to the many city staff who gave up their 4th of July holiday so others could have an enjoyable time. I know many residents were disappointed when the fireworks were cancelled because of a vendor electronics malfunction, but, overall, the 4th was a great day.

On August 9th at 8 p.m., there will be a Truth In Taxation hearing held at the North Ogden senior center. At this meeting, citizens will have an opportunity to ask questions and give input on the city’s fiscal year 2023 budget. Information will also be provided on what is generating the proposed property tax increase. I invite citizens to attend this very important meeting.

Conversations about taxes can generate an interesting debate. I’ve found that most citizens want very similar things and understand the need for the city to provide essential services, a safe community, and opportunities to prosper. It is how we get there that sometimes creates differing opinions. If we could frame our discussions on how we can work together to achieve similar goals and objectives, I believe a culture that nourishes great ideas would be the result. It has been said that “common ground is found on higher ground.” Getting to that higher ground is our challenge. Getting to higher ground does not mean we can’t have differing opinions. It simply means we express those opinions in a constructive way with the goal of keeping North Ogden a great place to live.

Although our form of government is technically a constitutional republic, it is the concept of democracy that provides the opportunity for citizens to participate in government. I’ve heard it said many times, “I’m just one person, and I can’t make a difference. Things won’t change!” Max DePree said, “We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.” I believe all change starts with one person, one thought, one word, or one action. If North Ogden is to become what it needs to be, citizen involvement is imperative. The power of one is incredible!

The following poem explains the power of one:

One song can spark a moment,
One flower can wake the dream.
One tree can start a forest,
One bird can herald spring.
One smile begins a friendship.
One handclasp lifts a soul.
One star can guide a ship at sea,
One word can frame the goal.
One vote can change a nation,
One sunbeam lights a room.
One candle wipes out darkness,
One laugh will conquer gloom.
One step must start each journey,
One word must start each prayer.
One hope will raise our spirits,
One touch can show you care.
One voice can speak with wisdom.
One heart can know what’s true.
One life can make the difference,
You see it’s up to YOU!
– Anonymous

Let’s keep democracy alive. You can make a difference! Let’s work together to keep North Ogden a great place to live.

Mayor Berube

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