Council unanimously adopts 2016-17 budget; Highlights include homeless services, road improvements

The Salt Lake City Council unanimously approved a General Fund budget of $261 million on June 14 that, even with flat revenues, makes progress in the Council’s key priority areas.  The budget was approved by a vote of 5-0, with two Council Members with excused absences.

For the past six weeks, Council Members have been reviewing, debating and proposing changes to Mayor Jackie Biskupski’s recommended budget. The Council received feedback from residents, business owners and taxpayers at public hearings and via email, letters, phone calls and in-person discussions.

Read highlights of the Council approved budget or learn more about the City budget process.

Processing of Sexual Assault Kits

A ‘Turnaround’ in Rape-Kit Testing reported to Council by Police

A two-year effort led by the City Council to improve the process of rape-kit testing in Salt Lake has resulted in a positive turnaround, both in numbers and police procedures in investigating sexual assault cases. Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown reported to the Council this week the entire city backlog of Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kits (rape kits) in custody from a ten-year period –768 rape kits in total — had been submitted for processing at the state crime lab. Read More


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