Town Council members who failed to set a property tax rate this week will meet in an emergency session Monday to finish their task.
Mayor William H. Levitt called the special meeting after members failed to approve the proposed town budget following a 21/2-hour session Thursday. Only three of the five council members attended.Should the council fail to meet a Tuesday noon deadline set by Salt Lake County, the county will set the certified tax rate at .002067, less than the .002331 rate of last year.
Salt Lake County officials feel that because Alta recently retired two bonds and saw substantial growth, the lower tax rate should apply.
Levitt feels Alta never will see the increased revenue from the town's growth and therefore the rate should stay the same.
The difference between the two proposed tax rates is approximately $10,000.
Because a revenue increase that large would require a Truth in Taxation public hearing, Councilman Tom Pollard argued it would not be worth spending the $2,400 required to advertise the hearing.
Other issues discussed Thursday included Utah's new law requiring all people who serve liquor to be certified. Levitt said the town will sponsor the required six-hour training course for a small fee.
The mayor also said that after 14 years of requests, the Salt Lake County Planning Commission finally met with Alta to coordinate master plans for Little Cottonwood Canyon.