A narrow majority of the South Salt Lake City Council voted Wednesday to not raise taxes and instead cut about $1.2 million out of the city’s budget to give police and firefighters a slightly smaller pay raise at 13 percent.
SOUTH SALT LAKE — A budget veto might be on South Salt Lake’s horizon.
Or, next year may be an even tougher budget year.
Following a contentious, hourslong budget meeting Wednesday night, a narrow majority of the South Salt Lake City Council voted to dodge Mayor Cherie Wood’s proposed property tax hike to give police and firefighters a 15 percent pay raise, despite pleas from other council members to find a compromise.
Instead, four out of seven members of the City Council voted to not raise taxes and instead cut about $1.2 million out of the city’s budget to give police and firefighters a slightly smaller pay raise at 13 percent.
Wood told the Deseret News after the vote she’s not ruling out a veto, but she hadn’t made a decision yet. However, the mayor said she was clearly “disappointed” in the council’s vote.
“I really was hoping we could find some kind of compromise,” she said. “Our residents deserve better and so does police and fire.”
Even though a three-member minority of the council — council members Ray DeWolfe, Sharla Bynum and Portia Mila — pushed for a “hybrid” tax increase to give police and firefighters the full 15 percent pay raise while also cutting some city department budgets, the four-member majority dug in their heels and would not budge on any tax increase this year.
“I’ve told my residents I don’t support a tax increase this year,” Councilwoman Cory Thomas said, adding that she didn’t believe it was “fair” to residents to pass any tax increase just months after it first …read more
Source:: Deseret News – Utah News