Summary of the August 4 City Council Meeting

Parks, Trails and Open Space Bond Initiative

At the August 4 meeting, the Council discussed projects for a possible Parks, Trails and Open Space bond. Individual Council Members expressed their project preferences, which will be compiled into an updated list to be posted on the Council’s bond web page and the bond resource library.

If approved by voters, the potential bond would result in a property tax increase for residents and property owners and would be used to pay for more outdoor recreational opportunities in the City – including converting some current open spaces into new uses, adding trail improvements and connections, and other opportunities.

The Council held a public hearing on this topic on July 28. The Council has continued the public hearing to its August 18 meeting, at which time it will continue to consider the bond and will take action on whether to place the bond on the November ballot.

If the Council does vote to place it on the ballot, Salt Lake voters will determine whether the proposal passes or fails. Read more.

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Mosquito Abatement Property Tax Changes

The Council was briefed about a proposed tax increase for the Mosquito Abatement District. The tax increase would cost the owner of a $250,000 home approximately $7.80 more per year and a $1 million dollar business would pay approximately $57.00 more per year. The last proposed property tax increase was in 2009 (for a 17% increase).

Revenue from the increase would be used to make facility improvements, improve surveillance and control methods, add personnel, and more.

A public hearing date on this proposal was set later during the limited Formal meeting.

Y2 Analytics Presentation of Biannual City Survey Results

The Council was briefed about the results of an online and phone survey conducted by Y2 Analytics. The survey was designed to measure the current mood of residents and compare to years past, determine if City resources are aligned with resident values, implement citywide performance measures, and validate the relevance of communication messages coming from the City.

Temporary Land Use Regulations – Maximum Building Size in Community Business (CB)

The Council discussed a proposed ordinance that would enact temporary land use regulations related to maximum building size for the Community Business Zoning District, as regulated in the Salt Lake City Zoning Ordinance (Title 21A).

Council adopted this ordinance during the limited Formal Meeting.

The Council also:

  • Set the public hearing date of Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. to accept public comment and consider adopting a resolution approving the proposed tax or increase in the property tax rate of the Salt Lake City Mosquito Abatement District.
  • adopted ordinance that enacts temporary land use regulations related to maximum building size for the Community Business Zoning District, as regulated in the Salt Lake City Zoning Ordinance. The Council also asked the City Planning Department to review the related process.

 

View previous agendas, meeting minutes, and other documentation here.