SALT LAKE CITY — Property taxes are going up in Salt Lake City, on top of the increases already in place in the Salt Lake School District and in Salt Lake County.
Tuesday night the city council will invite the public to talk about how to spend the $8 tax hike will generate. The increase — and others in Utah — comes after years of politicians committing to not raising taxes.
Fixing broken roads, tennis courts, street lights and parks all come at a price, and the Salt Lake City Council has decided it's time to raise taxes to fill the gap, even against the mayor's veto.
"The longer we wait, the more expensive it is," said Kyle LaMalfa on the Salt Lake City Council. "The message to Salt Lake City (is) let's get on with it. It's time."
Salt Lake County's $43 million tax hike took effect earlier this year. The Salt Lake School District raised taxes $3.6 million dollars followed by the city's $8 million increase.
No one involved in this budget process, not the mayor, not the council members who voted against it, are saying we don't need a tax increase. The real discussion is when and how much.
–Jill Remington Love
Altogether, the tax hikes could be come in at a $150 price tag a year for owners of $250,000 homes in Salt Lake City. Councilwoman Jill Remington Love was undecided for a while and later decided a tax increase was cheaper in the long run.
"No one involved in this budget process, not the mayor, not the council members who voted against it, are saying we don't need a tax increase," she said. "The real discussion is when and how much."
The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the City and County Building located at 451 South State Street in Salt Lake City.