Eagleshare.org is a website I created to raise awareness of Eagle Mountain City’s political and governmental corruption. In the first year alone my friends and I uncovered enough scandals that voters overwhelmingly rejected the politicians that ran for re-election and even scared one into not even trying. The first big report, which covered the city’s utility scandal, prompted the Utah State Auditor’s Office to take a closer look at our city’s finances.
My background is in IT and accounting and I spent many years working for different companies in Utah, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. In the middle of my career I had a brief stint as an investigative reporter and this taught me that I had a knack for government scatology. Here are some of the more unusual things that I discovered in our dirty little city:
- Our utility rates were about 18 percent higher than the norm
- Some utility revenues were being used to subsidize the city’s money-losing rodeo
- Possible election fraud by the city’s chief election officer
- Sloppy government accounting of bond monies
- Extremely high government salaries and benefits
- Rampant misuse of public vehicles (up to three at a time have been spotted at Cabela’s)
- Abuse of city employees by public officials (mayor had her assistant clean her house)
- Gross misuse of the city’s credit cards at department stores and restaurants
As a result of our investigations the city finally published its utility rates on its bills; it disclosed more info about its true financial losses during Pony Express Days; it cleaned up many of its sloppy accounting practices; the employees quit using city vehicles for trips that would embarrass them; and it even lowered our natural gas rates to an appropriate level, which is now saving residents hundreds of dollars every year. Mayor Jackson, in a vain attempt to win re-election, even started fixing the city’s roads, which she neglected for many years while she was busy throwing parties for her favorite constituents using taxpayer funds.
While we have accomplished many things, there’s still a lot of work to do. The city keeps paying its under-qualified employees top-tier salaries, and it still spends way too much on PR and entertainment. Plus, there’s a culture of corruption among many of its employees that will only really change when they are held accountable for their past transgressions.
Since the city’s auditors, the state’s auditors, and the county attorney’s office all seem to have no desire to actually hold anyone accountable, our goal is to document and expose the city’s failings so voters can hold their public and city officials accountable on election day. It’s going to be a long road to clean up Eagle Mountain, but we’ve made substantial progress in a relatively short period of time.
Disclosure: Due to a chiropractic injury I suffered in 2006 my ability to read and write was severely compromised. I still do it when absolutely necessary, but it’s extremely bad for my health and painful to my brain. As a result, I don’t update this website on a regular basis. Nor do I respond to most emails in a timely manner. In general, I try to do the minimum necessary to clean up the city so I can afford to keep living here.
When Mayor Heather Jackson threatened to raise my utility rates in 2011 I knew that she could eventually drive me out of my home. Some of us in the city are a lot more price sensitive to the cost of government than the city’s highly paid officials who spend our money so freely.
Eagle Mountain, Utah