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A new leader soon will head the Salt Lake County Council, which has slashed its budget for next year.
When the council meets next month, Democrats will be in charge and Councilman Joe Hatch will lead it. Council members have tough times ahead, with essentially no increase in revenue from property tax estimated to come in next year. So, council members chopped $12 million from the budget yesterday.
There's a hiring cap, cuts in different departments and talk of even deeper cuts. About 123 jobs eventually will be phased out.
But the council is spending money on public safety. It still plans to reopen the Oxbow jail.