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October 22, 2013: In
a major policy move that will benefit Salt Lake City for years to
come, Council Members have completed the process to increase the
amount of infrastructure improvements around the City made possible
by an $8 million property tax increase adopted in August of 2013.
City residents will see improvements, large and small, in places
such as parks, pools, playgrounds, and streets.
The improvements funded by the increase came about after months of public input, debate, and Council discussions on shifting priorities to existing projects --primarily maintenance items that were long overdue for the City’s streets, amenities, and property.
What’s more, the Council has identified several projects – large in both scope and budget – that are most urgent and could be completed more quickly by bonding—a financing option commonly used by the City for big projects. (Debt payments from bonding are covered by existing revenues, such as sales tax or what already comes to the City from property taxes.)
The Council took formal action on these projects at the October 15 meeting. Residents should start seeing progress on some of these projects immediately. Some of the other larger projects have a few stages of design and engineering before work can begin.
Specific proposed projects include:
1300 South road reconstruction
between State Street and I-15
1700 South road reconstruction between State Street and 700 East
City & County Building stone renovation & seismic upgrades
Playground, tennis court and pickleball renovations in City Parks
Bicycle and Pedestrian safety improvements at crosswalks and busy intersections around the City – signals, driver feedback signs, and other items
Road reconstruction on several other needed streets around the City
Bicycle track and/or lane installations
Sidewalk and corner ramp repairs
Restroom repairs at City parks and at the Cemetery
Public pool resurfacing
Sport field improvements and maintenance money
Public restrooms to be installed downtown
Planning for a bike route to connect east / west along 800 or 900 South
Increase replacement of trees throughout the City
See the full list of approved projects
That breaks down to $14.4 million for
facility maintenance, $13.6 million for street improvements, $5.4
million for transportation projects, and $4.8 million for parks and
open space projects.
These projects address several “deferred maintenance” items that have been delayed over the years, maximize the life of City assets, increase safety for pedestrians and bicyclists, and renew parks and other City facilities for residents to enjoy.
August 15: Following a Truth-in-Taxation hearing, the Salt Lake City Council adopted an $8 million property tax increase designed to speed up much-needed repairs around the City and bolster public safety personnel.
The Council voted 5-1-1 on Thursday, August 15, to approve the increase, with Council Member Carlton Christensen voting against the proposal. Council Member Stan Penfold was absent. The property tax increase will result in an additional $67.93 on homes valued at $250,000 and $494.00 on commercial properties valued at $1 million and will be included on property tax bills issued this fall.
Twelve people spoke at an open podium for the Truth-in-Taxation hearing. Two other public hearings were held in July specifically about the 2013-14 budget & tax proposal.
The additional tax dollars will be used primarily for deferred maintenance projects in categories such as streets, transportation, parks/open spaces and City facilities.
A series of public hearings on the
budget also were held earlier this year as part of the yearly
What is a Truth in Taxation
Hearing and how does it affect me?
The budget is one of the Council’s strongest policy-making tools, because
it is an effective way to set goals and establish priorities. Public
participation is critical to the budget process, due to the many important
Each year, the Mayor and City Council adopt an annual budget and some budget amendments (changes) throughout the year. To prepare the annual budget, the Mayor works with the various City departments to draft a recommended budget. The Mayor officially presents his recommended budget to the Council at the end of April or beginning of May (for the fiscal year of July 1 – June 30). Before adopting the annual budget, the Council holds several discussions in May and June – all of which are open to the public.
Public hearings are also held to give residents and business owners a chance to weigh-in. The Council welcomes your feedback about new positions or programs, whether a certain program has enough or too much funding, or on different City fees. By mid-June, the City Council will have changes to the Mayor’s recommended budget based on resident feedback and Council priorities.
Once a budget is adopted, Council Members monitor program progress through periodic reports from the Administration and from the community. If programs are not effectively implementing policy decisions, revisions can be made.
Frequently Asked Questions on SLC's FY2013-14 Budget
Council Staff Report from 07/16/13
Final Adopted Motions (06/21/13) for Fiscal Year 2013-2014 Budget
Motions Adopted on June 18, 2013 for Fiscal Year 2013-2014 Budget
Mayor's Recommended Budget for Fiscal Year 2013-2014
Proposed Budget Related Ordinances (legal language)
Council Staff Reports on Various City Departments
Preferred vs Actual Investment in Road Repairs
Council Adopted 10 Year Capital Improvement Plan
Pavement Maps by Council District
Property Tax Increase Proposal - Estimated Impact (see $8 million figures)
City Fleet Study on Repair and Replacement Needs
Public Way Asset Management: Sidewalks, Curb and Gutter,Street Pavements, and Bridges
Information about upcoming tax increases from other entities
To view additional documents that may have been provided to the Council during a budget discussion, please visit the Council's agendas webpage. Budget discussions were scheduled from the end of April through June 2013.
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