Rallying for Rural Utah
Legislators connect with county
Several locations in the Bear River Valley were showcased Tuesday as Utah legislators traveled to the area to get a closer look at the heart of rural Utah.
The group, members of the Social Services Appropriations Committee, toured the new Bear River Health/Mental Health facility, learned about Intermountain Healthcare’s approach to electronic medical records at Bear River Valley Hospital, got a glimpse of what will be happening at the new Family Resource Center in Garland and heared about the Box Elder School District’s STEM program at Bear River High School.
The tour was organized by Representative Rhonda Menlove, who co-chairs the committee with Senator Allen Christensen of Weber County. About 19 elected officials, most of them from Utah, Salt Lake and Davis counties, got a first-hand view of facilities that utilize the money the committee doles out to social services throughout the year.
“Our committee has more money than any other, 4.2 billion dollars,” Christensen said. “That’s about a third of the state’s budget. Often we don’t realize where it’s going, but rural Utah is just as important as the metro areas. We need to look at areas like Box Elder County to see where we’re putting our money.”
Menlove said the group has gone to other parts of the state in the past, but she wanted leaders to look at her “hometown” to see some of the unique programs, coordinated services and innovations going on here.
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