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Letter: More transparency is needed about transfer of funds from the library to the inland port

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Trucks carrying shipping containers move in and out of the Union Pacific intermodal terminal at a steady pace, west of Salt Lake City. Directly south is the future site of the transloading facility, which will be the heart of the inland port, as seen on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021.

At the May 17 Salt Lake City Council meeting, an amendment to the library budget for fiscal years 2021 and 2022 requiring the library to account for pass-through property taxes to the inland port and the County Convention Hotel passed unanimously. The amount is $500,000.

During public comment, concerns were raised about the lack of transparency to the public since this is listed as Salt Lake City Library funds on property tax statements, with no mention of the inland port or the hotel as the beneficiaries. I realize this transfer of funds from the library to the port and other entities is not controlled by the council, but people should be told where their tax dollars are being spent. It’s misleading when our tax notices say the money is going one place when it is actually going somewhere else. People deserve to know where their tax dollars are going. Please ensure that future tax notices will be more honest and accurate.

Ann Floor, Salt Lake City

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