'It's time for a tax increase,' Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon reiterates

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  • killpack Sandy, UT
    Nov. 23, 2012 10:14 a.m.

    Of course it's time for a tax increase! Look at all these gangsters with their hands out saying 'pay me.' I really need to move to Hong Kong.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    Nov. 21, 2012 12:24 p.m.

    the county did not "indebt" anyone we the votwers of salt lake county decided to take out the bond it was ot something done to us.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Nov. 21, 2012 8:53 a.m.

    [email protected] Bubble

    I'm certain there's enough money to cover what you list. What there isn't money for is the pet projects and programs every politician loves to put in place. I have worked for 5 local governments and there is ALWAYS money for what is on the Mayor's agenda, and NOT A DIME for anything else. So the trick to getting funded in local government is to get onto the Mayor's agenda. I'll give you an example: Parks and Recreation. SL County just indebted their residents for x number of years with bonds to buy land for future parks, yet they can't seem to maintain the parks they already own and struggle to operate. An example from a city: Why does SLC need an "office of sustainability?" Local government needs to get back to the basics...police, fire and maintaining their infrastructure, along with assisting the poor and elderly who have no where else to turn. If that means cutting recreation, libraries, social programs not necessary to support life, etc then have the courage to do that. It's pretty simple...core basic services only and no new buildings/ground/major acquisitions until revenues improve.

  • ST Layton, UT
    Nov. 21, 2012 8:41 a.m.

    why is it that government never has a spending problem ... it's always a revenue problem?

  • Third try screen name Mapleton, UT
    Nov. 21, 2012 8:14 a.m.

    Timing is everything...and your timing is lousy.
    Live within your means; we are.

  • midnight11 Tooele, Ut
    Nov. 21, 2012 7:22 a.m.

    Quit whining. Tooele County just proposed an 83% tax increase...

  • Bubble SLC, UT
    Nov. 20, 2012 10:11 p.m.

    @ toosmartforyou: Let's see - Oxbow Jail, Meals on Wheels, proper staffing of officers in the Sheriff's Department, street lights, criminal prosecutors, solid waste disposal, and I would like the county to start maintaining all the stuff they have been neglecting instead of continuing letting it all go to pot - which reduces property values overall and leads to an increase in crime.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Nov. 20, 2012 5:29 p.m.

    @ Bubble

    Of what necessary services do you speak, that cannot be cut? Please be specific.

  • Bubble SLC, UT
    Nov. 20, 2012 5:02 p.m.

    @ Why would I?: Actually, the facts don't support your rant - Salt Lake County has reduced spending as much as possible while still offering needed services. The only remaining choice is to cut necessary services or raise taxes.

    @ silkywiley: Um - Cottonwood Heights is part of Salt Lake County. This tax affects you.

    The increase for the average property owner is less than $10 per month.

    Please describe in detail which county government services you are willing to do with out, which ones you think should be an individual responsibility, and how much you are willing to pay to provide those services for yourself.

  • Why would I? Farmington, UT
    Nov. 20, 2012 4:50 p.m.

    non believer, Why would I be willing to pay more taxes? At one time I worked for Salt Lake County and they love to waste money. Look at the new bond election----millions to set aside land for new parks and they can't maintain the ones they have now. Does that sound reasonable?

    I had three chilren and all three of them are now paying taxes as adults. But they can't keep up with the ever-growing beauracracy and their insatiable spending habits. The reason we all need to pay more "to get the budget under control" is because the Democrats spent us blind with "shovel ready jobs" that weren't ready and just increased our debt. That's what was irresponsible and NO, I'm not ready to pay more because of it!

    One and a half-percent a year for the last 12 years would be better on people bugdets than suddenly needing almost 18% after 12 years. And how about reducing the things government provides that the private sector could do better and for less money?

    The only way government generates money is to take it away from me and you; the ONLY way!

  • silkywiley Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 20, 2012 4:02 p.m.

    17.6%? Wow. Glad I'm in Cottonwood Heights. So when did property values go up? Haven't. When did incomes go up? When did employment go up? Governments local to national are a cancer.

  • non believer PARK CITY, UT
    Nov. 20, 2012 3:51 p.m.

    to Why would I

    The Republican party line is to have more kids and get more tax breaks and deductions! Look where we are with that policy...... It does not stimulate the economy and just does not work. We are all going to have to pay more to get the budget under control. I am willing to pay more, are you?

  • Why would I? Farmington, UT
    Nov. 20, 2012 3:37 p.m.

    That's the Democratic Party line---INCREASE TAXES because we have already increased dpending.