Sales tax hike proposed in Salt Lake City

Sales tax hike proposed in Salt Lake City would fund low-income housing projects, among other things (Photo: KUTV)

SALT LAKE CITY —

(KUTV) – The Salt Lake City Council wants to hear what residents think about a proposed 0.5% sales tax increase to fund work on infrastructure and affordable housing.

The increase would not apply to food purchased at grocery stores or large ticket items like cars.

“It wouldn’t increase the sales tax on food, so we’re happy about that. And we think a significant amount of the money should be dedicated to low-income housing because we’re in an affordable housing crisis,” Glenn Bailey, executive director of Crossroads Urban Center said. “We just feel like we need to make sure there’s a benefit for the lower income folks who are going to end up being hurt more by any sales tax increase.”

He wanted to make sure some of the estimated $33 million would go towards affordable housing.

“We support it as long as there is a significant ongoing commitment to affordable and low-income housing.”

The City is also proposing replacing an $87 million bond set to expire next year.

That money would go towards the same projects: repairing roads, expanding transit, affordable housing, and an increased police presence.

“SLC continues to grow,” said Matthew Rojas with the Mayor’s Office. “We want to hear back from residents to see what they think.”

The City is holding several public forums to gather community input.

Salt Lake City Council Work Session Briefing

April 3

5:15 PM (approximately)

Salt Lake City and County Building, 3rd Floor, Council Workroom

Funding Our Future Public Open House

April 3

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Salt Lake City and County Building, 3rd Floor, Hallway

Funding Our Future Public Workshops

April 4

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Sorenson Unity Center

Salt Lake City Council Public Hearings

April 3 and 17

7:00 PM

Salt Lake City and County Building, 3rd Floor, Council Formal Chambers

You can also share your thoughts online at www.fundingourfutureslc.com/get-involved

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