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SALT LAKE COUNTY -- Bending to public outcry, the Canyons School District is stepping back from its proposal to raise taxes. Instead, the board of education is expected to approve a proposal that includes no tax increase.
The increase would have cost residents an extra $46 a year on a $311,000 home. But after public objection, the school board decided to abandon that idea and told the district to re-tool its budget.
District spokesman Jeff Haney says the district will have close to $4 million less.
"It will be a little difficult because we will have less money to spend on building needs, but we wanted to be responsive to the needs of our public," he said.
The capital equalization law, approved in 2008, requires Canyons, Murray, Granite and Salt Lake districts to contribute to the growing and recently split Jordan School District. The newly-formed Canyon district is required to give $3.8 million and considered the tax hike to help pay for it.
The proposed budget does absorb statewide budget cuts and the $3.8 million the district must give to Jordan.
The new budget is expected to be approved Tuesday.