SLC's gang of five
Re "SLC Council overrides Becker's veto of $8M property tax hike" (Tribune, June 22):
Double-digit property tax increases should only be implemented when a municipality is in dire straits. But five members of the Salt Lake City Council seek to levy a 14 percent tax increase on city property owners.
Council Chairman Kyle LaMalfa and council members Luke Garrott, Jill Remington Love, Charlie Luke and Soren Simonsen were handed by the mayor a balanced budget with no property tax increase. But this gang of five took it upon themselves to raise revenue by $8 million.
If an increase is needed, it should be on a more common-sense level, in the range of 3-4 percent not 14 percent. Property taxpayers are not the City Council's credit card for spurious expenditures.
A double-digit property tax increase is hurtful, regressive and unpalatable. It places an unnecessary and discriminatory burden on city property owners. It comes after the council this year instituted a lighting fee on property owners and after voters sanctioned a property tax increase to fund a new police headquarters.
Council members should have more vociferously publicized that they were considering a double-digit increase. Then their public meetings would have been better attended.
David B. Troester
Salt Lake City
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