Salt Lake County Council approves tax increase

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  • 1Observer Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 17, 2012 6:59 a.m.

    Mr. DeBry decries the lack of leadership and poor management as factors for the increase. I don't see anything in the budget that addresses those problems. So do we continue to pay for that incompetence? Did we need to restore 40 positions? The County has been out of control for years but we keep electing the same people and expecting different results. And where was McAdams in this debate? Hiding behind Corroon? Is this the kind of leadership we an expect from him? It's time to go to wall- to- wall cities and move government closer to the people. The County, through its incompetence, is becoming increasingly irrelevant.

  • Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 15, 2012 4:29 p.m.


    That's a nice rant, but have you ever bothered to pay attention to the facts and let reality shape your opinions?

    Salt Lake County hasn't had a tax increase in 11 years.

    Inflation impacts the cost of municipal services just like it does everything else.

    Residential and business growth in the county in the past few years has largely taken place without a proportionate increase in taxes due to RDAs and other tax deferments.

    When the economy tanked in 2008 & 2009 municipal tax revenues went down but the demand for services went up.

    Did you read the part about the things they did to retain their AAA bond rating?

    No one likes a tax increase, but a 7-2 majority of the county council, including more than half the Republicans, knew a tax increase was necessary.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 15, 2012 4:01 a.m.

    It was a done deal long before it ever got to the public meeting invitational where they were declaring and revealing their intent and voted on choice to raise taxes. These groups of elected representatives have years and months and resources of lobbyist, advocates, and special interest non voting groups bribing and blackmailing our representatives to keep prosperity and profit in the hands of business or contractors. Influencing government to expand is a lucrative billion dollar industry for elected representative who proudly deny accountability to the voters and citizens.

    The voting public and notice of hearing gives the public and taxpayers 10-15 days to counter and defeat the millions of dollars lobbyist spend to "treat" and buy governments million or billion dollar public funds. It is impossible for the public to defeat these odds of corruption and lies after the fact.

    All the city and state governments are expanding and growing faster than inflation and the economy or federal funding and they refuse to slow down or stop this unsustainable madness as they pretend public hearings are decision limiting process. Decisions and the law are non negotiable done deals long before the public knows about them in hearings.