South Salt Lake Council, mayor divided over proposed property tax hike

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  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    June 11, 2019 1:23 p.m.

    @flipphone and susandm;

    Do you have any idea what property taxes (which haven't been raised in a long time) are in S. Salt Lake? Guess? They are about $200.00 or less a year. I pay that much every month. It's time they had an adjustment to pay for services. Just like the rest of us.

  • Flipphone , 00
    June 11, 2019 11:54 a.m.

    Raise property taxes and then complain that home affordability is out of reach and then blame the UN affordability on developers.

  • Flipphone , 00
    June 11, 2019 11:53 a.m.

    Property Tax increases makes home affordability even more difficult. Mine( as well as most of you) property tax is now equal to what our mortgage payments were.

  • susandm SLC, UT
    June 11, 2019 11:07 a.m.

    ,Makid - Salt Lake City, UT: you are spot on but there are 2 council members who are up for re-election so they don't want anyone in their districts thinking they wanted to raise taxes, a side note. They need to go. As for you freight-train, you are the kind of person who is spreading the propaganda that is so untrue. If you don't live in South Salt Lake then you don't know or understand the challenges we are facing so I kindles ask to keep your options to yourself and worry about your own community.
    A city can't run on a shoestring no matter how hard you try. SoSL is no different than any other city in this valley, unfortunately the evil of a tax increase is necessary whether it is liked or not. I don't want to pay higher taxes but I can see the big picture here. Too many are short sighted and cannot or will not look.

  • Makid Salt Lake City, UT
    June 11, 2019 8:42 a.m.

    The problem is that the City hasn't raised taxes to keep up with the demands of the changing city.

    Had they raised taxes 2 years ago as they were requested by the Mayor this wouldn't be an issue. Had they done it 3 years ago, same thing. Even last year the Council held the line and cut.

    Now the departments are at the breaking point. Police and Fire Fighters are way underfunded, the roads and other infrastructure is crumbling and now the ever shrinking majority of the City Council keeps saying we will rob from Peter to pay Paul.

    A 31% tax increase for SSL is roughly $6.00 per month. 2 years ago it would have been $3.00 and the infrastructure would have been better to allow for some funding changes.

    The problem is people see 31% and get scared, yet when put in context it is more easily accepted. Tell people it is $6.00 a month or $1.50 a week and all the sudden people are more accepting.

    Without the increase, not only will the infrastructure fall into further disarray, crime will increase as many Police will leave the department as they will see that the City Council doesn't value them.

  • freight-train , CA
    June 10, 2019 11:11 p.m.

    31% tax hike to cover raises, roads, and parking monitors? No thanks! Sounds like either the previous city councils didn’t know how to do their job and control costs and the budget or this mayor just gave away the farm in raises and has made more promises than can be kept. If it doesn’t pass though, be ready to get a parking ticket every day, twice a day for just parking in front of your house to pay for these in-needed raises that are causing this budget crisis.