Salt Lake County Council eyeing sales tax option to bring Prop 1 tax hike back from the dead

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  • ConservativeUtahisBest Salt Lake City, UT
    April 19, 2018 7:47 a.m.

    We need to get Jim Bradley out of there. Hopefully DiCaro can push him out. I would hope that Winder Newton isn't thinking about raising taxes.
    No More raising taxes! You need to better budget the money that you already have!

  • EPJ Grantsville, UT
    April 18, 2018 3:23 p.m.

    Before considering raising taxes, all levels of government should first look inward and voluntarily reduce waste from within.

    What if a citizen-led auditing committee was to form in order to evaluate every governmental agency? I'm guessing that such a group would be able to trim a little more fat from the wasteful and bloated budgets we all endure.

  • imsmarterthanyou Salt Lake City, UT
    April 18, 2018 12:52 p.m.

    I have a better idea. Fire 60% of all government employees. Require those that are left to actually work for their paycheck & benefits. Use the money saved on payroll to fix the infrastructure. Also, more taxes is what you always get when you vote for a democrat. I pay about 75% in taxes after all is said & done. I really don't need a tax increase.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    April 18, 2018 12:49 p.m.

    I WISH I could find a politician (ANY politician)who, after they are elected don't start talking about raising taxes.

    Bamaphone has the BEST comment for the week!

  • bamafone Salem, UT
    April 18, 2018 8:22 a.m.

    And they were laden with heavy taxes, and their burdens were grievous to be born and their taskmasters delighted in their iniquities.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    April 18, 2018 8:19 a.m.

    Sales tax has an innate mechanism to increase with inflation and rising population. Receipts automatically increase with these just because it is a percentage of all sales. There is no need to increase that percentage.

  • Makid Kearns, UT
    April 18, 2018 8:15 a.m.

    Okay, everyone wants better roads, better transit, cleaner air, better police coverage, arts, parks, etc. but based on comments, no one wants to pay for it.

    Nearly everything has dedicated funding. The funding barely keeps up with inflation and population, meaning that no new funds are available even with population increasing.

    Cutting back staff and budgets doesn't work, positions have been left unfilled so that the money could go elsewhere causing additional strain on budgets and staff. At this point, there isn't anywhere else to cut but the needs are increasing.

    So we are at a point where there is only 2 options:

    1. Accept that quality of life is at its best now and will go down each year going forward in an exponential rate.
    2. Accept that tax increases are necessary to improve quality of life.

    What needs to be done is holding people accountable for how they use the funds to make sure it is in the best interest of the majority by listening to everyone, not just by listening those vocal complainers on most comment boards.

  • iceman96 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 18, 2018 5:13 a.m.

    How many times must a man say no, before the city leaders hear. The answer my friend is better management from thee, it all rests on better management.

    Agrarian? SLC has been urban for quite a while, taxes are still going up, without more services.

  • Mainly Me Werribee, 00
    April 18, 2018 12:05 a.m.

    Typical politicians. Ram tax hikes down the citizens throats no matter what they want. To understand politics, you must go back to the root word of politics.

    Poly means "many."

    Ticks are blood suckers.

  • jack_greenfield Provo, UT
    April 17, 2018 10:57 p.m.

    I see a lot of visceral reactions to taxes from Utah citizens. I suspect this stems from the historically prevalent, independent-agrarian cultural roots of most of its citizens. The real problem at hand is not taxation, it is mismanagement of funds, as demonstrated by the UTA (or TDU as some spendy lawmakers want to call it) fiasco.

    A modern non-agrarian culture, as is now predominately seen in the population centers of Utah, needs additional taxes in order to provide services that were not previously necessary in 1970s Utah.

    All things considered, Utah is fiscally a well-managed state, much to the chagrin of the pervasive comment-board naysayers. Refusal to raise taxes while simultaneously demanding services is a no-win model.

    If you don't like the way the government is being run, then run for public office and become politically involved yourself.

  • Holy-Schamoly-What Baloney Kaysville, UT
    April 17, 2018 10:24 p.m.

    Why is it ALWAYS just MORE TAXES? Vote these people out and let them worry about spending their own money. My, it's easy to have an agenda to spend the hard-earned wages of the common person, isn't it? Every proposal sounds "worthwhile" and there's never a day of accountability.