Jordan School District getting help from all over SL County

Jordan School District getting help from all over SL County

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SALT LAKE COUNTY -- No matter where you live in Salt Lake County, some of your money is going to the Jordan School District. Jordan will get about $10,000,000 from neighboring districts to help out with the Canyons split.

The largest share is coming from Salt Lake City, and Superintendent McKell Withers is not happy about it.

"Local property taxes are intended to be spent and invested locally for local issues," Withers told Doug Wright on KSL Newsradio.

Salt Lake City is paying the largest share at $5,700,000. The Canyons, Granite and Murray also have to participate. State lawmakers last year approved the equalization bill in order to help Jordan through the Canyons split.

"And they (lawmakers) targeted Salt Lake County unfairly," believes Utah Senate Minority Leader Pat Jones, D-Salt Lake City.

Also on the Doug Wright Show, Jones said the original bill would have spread the equalization money across the state. At some point, it changed to Salt Lake County only.

The Canyons found money in its budget to send to Jordan. Salt Lake City, Granite and Murray are all passing along a small property tax increase.

Here is the break down of what each district is sending to the Jordan district:

  • Salt Lake City: $5.7 million
  • Canyons: $3.8 million
  • Granite: $725,000
  • Murray: $109,000


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