Salt Lake County residents upset over tax for law enforcement

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  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Aug. 4, 2012 6:18 a.m.

    I think the police department better get informed. There services are taxed to the home and property owners taxes as service taxes that are collected and distributed by the county and city governments. It is against the law for a public service to tax separately for their services that are already included as property tax assessments.

    Why aren't the legislators getting involved, it is their responsibility to regulate and control taxes, not the police departments in unconstitutional taxation without representation. If the dog catcher, mayor, secretary, etc is not happy with his income does he have the right to add a tax to give himslef a raise? The police are totally irresponsible and illegal in this tax. State and federal laws prohibit this king of obscene behavior from any government paid agency.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 3, 2012 11:18 a.m.

    This tax was nonexistent before the Salt Lake County Sheriff's deputies were replaced by UPD? I think it is safe to say the American citizens are paying far more than their fair share of taxes ..... and getting very little value for their dollar.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Aug. 3, 2012 10:37 a.m.

    Well, folks, this is WHAT TAXES ARE FOR!! Police and Fire Protection are core governmental responsibilities. If you want to reduce taxes, get rid of all the fluff like hiking trails, libraries, recreation centers, etc----all things that the private sector can provide and that are paid for by individual users, not the ENTIRE population, many of whom don't need those items. Cut local government to the bone and only allow them to provide their core services: Sewer, Water, Garbage, Police, Fire. Take all the warm-and-fuzzy stuff such as recycling, sustainable green buildings and regulations, etc away from the general public and privatize it. Make private schools available to compete with "government schools." Then require your leaders to CUT taxes accordingly. Government NEVER was supposed to be everything for everybody except in Europe, Cuba, China, Iran and the Soviet Union.

  • 1Observer Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 3, 2012 9:14 a.m.

    Residents in unincorprated Salt Lake County and the UPD District are subsidizing the cities that are contractign with the UPD. Taylorsville and others are getting sweetheart deals to lure them in while other residents pay. Once the county goes wall to wall cities all the contract cities will get a rude awakening as the costs are distributed more evenly. By then it will be too late to undo the damage. When Sen. Jenkins sponsored the bill to give the UPD taxing authority he was promised that no large tax increases were on the horizon and he was foolish enough to believe here we are.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 3, 2012 7:53 a.m.

    Salt Lake County should have stayed with the Sheriff's deputies doing patrolling. It made no sense to put the same officers in different uniforms, with different decals on the same cars, doing the same work.

    Anybody ever ask a UPD police officer if he/she liked the change? Thank goodness I live in Murray where we don't have to deal with their nonsense.

  • David B. Cedar City, UT
    Aug. 3, 2012 5:55 a.m.

    We are the most axed country in the world and you know why? Because we have incompetence in government! They can't keep their fingers out of the cookie jar telling us we absolutely need this and we don't! I'm sure most of us are beyond the point of fed up with the governments actions.

  • magpie152 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 2, 2012 11:48 p.m.

    They say the tax increase is 100%. I just received our tax notice this week and our police fee is just over $500! WHAT??? That is well over a 100% increase. Overall, with the sanitation fee increase, our taxes this year alone increased over $600. I'd much rather pay the stupid $140 police fee vs a $500 police enforcement tax. The truth in taxation hearing this evening was a JOKE. The 100+ property owners in attendance weren't really heard. The board passed it because they already spent the money in the budget. Once again, reckless spending from out government leaders. Pathetic.