After tax increase, SL City Council has decisions to make

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  • Fitz Murray, UT
    July 22, 2013 2:16 p.m.

    Food for thought. Had SLC built the new Public Safety Building to a Silver Leeds level instead of the Platinum level, the cost of the facility would have been at least 60% lees, which would have also included the crime lab and evidence room. (You remember our City leaders telling us that we needed to a new facility because the evidence room was getting sewage on it. Well it didn't get built as part of the new facility and so I guess the line the City uses was just that, sewage.)

    And then there is the new Broadway style theater they are pressing on with.

    With these two new facilities the debt level goes up and with that the debt service, read that mortgage payments. If SLC had built to a Leeds Silver standard and if they dropped the Broadway Theater, and redirected the then freed up debt service, how much more would they really need to fix the roads, water mains, sewer lines and other basic infrastructure?

    There is a real problem with our elected leaders, not only in SLC, but in government throughout the state, with knowing how to prioritize taxpayer needs.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    July 21, 2013 12:48 a.m.

    For politicians, having money to spend is very easy. The highest person on the Totem Pole gets what they want first, then remaining funds go to whomever is 2nd, then 3rd etc. until all the money is spent and they are saying "We need another increase."

  • md Cache, UT
    July 20, 2013 5:02 p.m.

    Don't you think it would have been wise to tell the public what the increase was for, get public opinion, and then proceed with the vote on the tax increase? Once the taxes increase, they rarely go down. Sad vote. Sad situation. Lame city council.