WEST JORDAN City Council members on Tuesday received a $95 million budget proposed by the mayor that doesn't assume a $1 million increase in residents' property taxes and it may signal the start of a budget battle in the city.
There's a good chance that whether property taxes are raised or not, the city will add a 3 percent telecommunications tax that will be passed on to residents' phone bills and increase the city's municipal sales and energy use tax by one-half of a percent, to bring in an additional $3 million to pay for road repairs.
In a City Council meeting Tuesday night, Councilwoman Melissa Johnson was the only one to vote against asking city employees to compile the necessary paperwork to make the telecommunications tax a reality.
Council members will meet in a budget work session at 6 p.m. on June 4 to discuss whether a property tax increase or budget cuts are feasible. A public hearing where residents can voice their opinions on the budget has been scheduled for 6 p.m. on June 10, but the council may delay the public hearing if it seems likely that taxes will be raised and a truth in taxation hearing will be scheduled instead.