SALT LAKE COUNTY -- The Canyons School District has reversed course from a budget proposal that included a tax increase. Instead, a new budget proposal expected to be approved Tuesday includes no tax hikes.
"We believe it is responsible fiscal policy for Canyons constituents in a very difficult budget year," said district spokesman Jeff Haney.
The alternative proposal came at the request of the Canyons Board of Education, which received a strong public outcry against any tax increase.
"The people in the neighborhoods said, ‘Hey, you know, we're having a really hard time. We are in the middle of a recession - this is a difficult year for us,'" Haney told KSL Newsradio.
The district initially proposed a tax increase that would have equaled about $46 a year for a home priced at $311,000. It would have raised an estimated $4.15 million in new revenue.
Instead, the district will have close to $4 million less for building needs. The new budget does account for statewide budget cuts and $3.8 million the Canyons District is slated to pay the Jordan School District under a new countywide equalization law.
"It will be a little difficult because we will have less money to spend on building needs," Haney said. "But we wanted to be responsive to the needs of our public."