“While campaigning in cities throughout the country last year, then candidate Donald Trump spoke often about the “issue of urban renewal” and the “rebuilding of our inner cities.”
Not quite two months into his term of office, President Trump is proposing a budget which will strip billions of dollars cities use to improve infrastructure and provide services to residents most in need.
Mayor Ralph Becker presented his proposed Fiscal Year 2014-15 budget to the Council, which included employee compensation increases, replacing the city's 2-stroke engines over the next two years, and consolidating fire stations on the west side of Salt Lake City. The Council will discuss the Mayor's proposed budget in the coming weeks and will hold public hearings on May 20 and June 3 before taking action later in June. Read the Mayor's full speech.
The Council was briefed about potential improvements for snowplowing City streets and possible parking options. Conversation centered on safety, plow maneuvering and challenges associated with last year’s heavy snowfall. The Council isn’t currently considering any specific proposals and will hold future discussions about this topic.
Fiscal Year 2013-2014 Budget and Property Tax Increase
Following a Truth-in-Taxation hearing, the Salt Lake City Council adopted an $8 million property tax increase designed to speed up much-needed repairs around the City and bolster public safety personnel.
As I noted in my budget presentation to you on April 23, 2013, this budget year has been challenging for Salt Lake City. Despite that challenge, I recommended to you a balanced budget that found efficiencies within Salt Lake City government and did not require a property tax increase. I respect that you have struggled mightily with the same challenges we faced as a budget was developed for your consideration.
Mayor to Explain Veto of Tax Increase, Budget Package
SALT LAKE CITY – Mayor Ralph Becker will host a media event at the Salt Lake City & County Building, 451 S. State Street, Room 306, today, Wednesday, June 19 at 1 p.m. to release a statement and answer questions regarding his veto of the 2013-14 Salt Lake City budget adopted by the Salt Lake City Council on Tuesday.
The Council was briefed on a variety of items related to the Mayor’s recommended budget, including the recommended Public Utilities, Community and Economic Development, Fire, and Police budgets. The Council also accepted comment from the public about this topic during a Public Hearing in the Formal Meeting. Action will be taken at a later date. Another Public Hearing about this topic will likely be held on June 4.