Change of County Classifications: In June’s Interim Meetings, the Political Subdivisions Interim Subcommittee discussed the County Classification and the impact that it may have on the counties that will be impacted in the next census. The OLRGC Staff made a presentation about the possible changes they foresee in the next 50 years. The major changes will be Wasatch County and Cache County in 2017 and Sanpete County and Emery County in 2020, with other changes projected to Utah County and Grand County. The original discussion began with commissioners in Sanpete County. Commissioner Jarrett became concerned about some of the economic development programs in which Sanpete participates in that they may no longer be eligible for when they change from a 4th to a 3rd class county. However, the discussion of the subcommittee led to many other areas that may be changed and members of the committee expressed concern with legislation they themselves have written that identified certain classes that are applicable. After discussion, the chairs of the committee charged the Utah Association of Counties to gather together a group of commissioners and council members that are concerned with county classes. With the help of the research of OLRGC, we will have a discussion on possible solutions for the legislature to consider.
Audit of Road Home: The Office of the Legislative Auditor General presented to the Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee and the Economic Development and Workforce Services Interim Committee about their audit of the three facilities operated by the Road Home, the downtown shelter, the Midvale family shelter, and the supportive housing facility at Palmer Court. One of the major concerns is the drug use and safety issues at the downtown shelter, a result from serving a high number of individuals with a low barrier to entry approach that is not being appropriately applied. The issues of drug paraphernalia and security issues are common to the other two facilities as well. Recommendations from auditors include standards of conduct and written policies and procedures for intake and that all staff be trained and ensure that these policies are followed. Other recommendations include standards of cleanliness at Palmer Court, measures to be taken when residents are found to be using drugs, selling drugs, or otherwise abusing controlled substances, etc.