Let's ensure that Layton remains the best place to raise a family!
- Husband and Dad of three great kids
- 27 years of business and leadership experience
- Layton City Planning Commissioner
- Davis Arts Council Board of Trustees
Layton Friends and Neighbors, thank you for your interest in my campaign. I am running for Layton City Council and ask for your vote and support! Let's preserve Layton's legacy of being the best place to live, work, and play; and the best place to raise a family!
I am already engaged and involved in serving the citizens of Layton on the Layton Planning Commission and as a trustee for the Davis Arts Council. Above all, these experiences have taught me the importance of listening. I will listen to you and continue to work hard for you!
I am a proud resident of Layton (nearly 19 years) and a virtual lifelong resident of Davis County. My wife Stephanie and I are proud parents of three children, Braden (20), Stephen (19), and Alyssa (19), who graduated from Northridge High School. Braden recently returned from Peru, where he served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is studying at Weber State. Stephen is in Philadelphia on his mission and Alyssa is studying at Utah State University. No better place to raise a family than Layton!
When my Dad retired from Hill Air Force Base our family stayed here, yes, I'm an Air Force brat, where I grew up graduated from high school and from Weber State University (Great, Great, Great!) with a business degree in Supply Chain Management and have worked for Lifetime Products since 1992, currently as the Senior Vice President of Marketing.
I believe in limited government, a transparent government, and a fiscally responsible government. I have been happy to serve my neighborhood as a County and State Delegate and recently for a time as a Precinct Chair. It is important to me that those who are elected to represent us should confront every issue with that representation at the forefront.
Our Tax Dollars
I believe that essential city services should be funded with sales tax revenue and that we shouldn’t have to rely on property tax increases. We were all concerned about the recent property tax increase. At the same time, we need the new fire station, the new fire fighters, and the security that comes with appropriate response times, especially after the Snoqualmie and Francis Peak fires! However, looking for the increase was a symptom of a bigger issue. The issue was that we haven't had a solid General Plan for the realities of today. Until now.
The way forward is to implement the updated General Plan that was recently approved by the City Council. I helped work on the updated General Plan for the last 5 1/2 years, first as a concerned citizen with Envision Layton, and now as a Layton City Planning Commissioner. This is a big deal! This plan will help navigate us into the future! To keep Layton vibrant we need to implement it to plan for the future, for our kids and grandkids. We owe it to them. The new plan will allow for redevelopment of tired commercial areas and infill of existing buildings, as well as new development in areas of the city that are currently lacking basic amenities like grocery, gas, etc. Once implemented, this newly updated General Plan will help to assure that we can pay for essential city services with sales tax revenue and keep property taxes in check. You can visit the new plan at www.laytonforward.org.
We need a balance of smart zoning that helps value our common open space, invests in reliable public safety, and keeps city services efficient and well-managed. We also need to look to infill and possible redevelopment of existing, tired areas.
My budgetary philosophy is based on our household budget process, establish priorities, classify wants vs. needs, and be prepared to make tough decisions. The city budget should be scrutinized even more to classify wants vs. needs. Again, priorities and needs of the residents.
Leadership and Vision for Layton City
A balanced, principled leadership approach is needed as Layton continues to grow. Our strong economy, parks and recreation programs and the commitment to the arts are legendary. I will work to assure that these areas are on the top of the list as we continue to move forward. I will work to promote an infrastructure that can foster responsible economic growth. We need industries with family sustaining jobs. We need to continue to work with HAFB as their mission continues to expand. Our police, fire fighters, and other first responders are very important to me as we deserve a safe and secure city. This includes needing adequate infrastructure and equipment! Our public meetings need to be even more accessible through livestreaming. I will work to have some City Council meetings held out in the community, to give you better access to your city government.
Over 27 years of experience at Lifetime has taught me that the more you communicate and are willing to listen, when working on any issue, the better the outcome. Again, I feel that this is what we need in our elected officials. I will give you an active voice by representing you!
I look forward to working for you, representing you, and serving you. No one will work harder...
You can contact me at 801-721-4420 or email me at morris4layton@gmail.
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