2018 Salt Lake County budget proposal
Yesterday, I presented my 2018 Salt Lake County budget proposal to the Salt Lake County Council. The $1.3 net billion budget is structurally balanced with no tax increase.
The budget decisions we make –both large and small—make a real difference in the lives of the people we serve. This conservative budget is accountable for every dollar and we are determined to achieve maximum results. To make budget decisions, we come together in a bipartisan fashion, finding common ground and accomplishing goals.
You can find more information on the proposed 2018 county budget here.
Major part of Parley’s bike trail now open for riders
Today I joined local mayors and community members, including fourth graders from Rosecrest Elementary School, to open a major segment of the Parley’s protected bike trail. Parley’s, which travels east to west, is an important part of Salt Lake County’s work to build out a fully safe and connected bicycle transportation network. As the regional government for our thriving metro area, Salt Lake County is taking a big-picture view. We look regionally for safer and more diverse transportation options that will serve the community for years to come. Part of that transportation plan is safe, connected bike routes that cover the entire valley –north, south, east and west. Numerous studies show that if you build it, they will come. The biggest deterrent to cycling is the worry about being safe. Properly engineered and built bikeways and routes that are safe and convenient will boost commuter cycling dramatically—and contribute to cleaner air.
There is just one last segment of Parley’s that needs to be build out, connecting it to the Jordan River Parkway trail. Until then, there’s still many safe bike trails available to enjoy with friends and family throughout Salt Lake County.
Kids lined up to send off bike riders trying out the new trail
Tell us what you most care about in parks and recreation
Salt Lake Parks and Recreation has a survey up right now, designed to hear from the community about what you like and don’t like about the services we provide. Salt Lake County runs over 100 parks across the valley, including several large destination, regional parks. They also manage more than 20 recreation centers, hundreds of sports and fitness programs, and several miles of trails and open space. Taking the survey gives residents the chance to consider all of parks and recreation’s different programs and facilities, and help us to prioritize.
Hearing from the public is the best way to determine how to best deliver services. I hope you’ll take the time to tell us what you think.
Take the Survey
Salt Lake County Bluffdale Regional Park
Help for Las Vegas
The horrific, senseless event in Las Vegas on Sunday night leaves many of us wondering how we can help. The best way Salt Lake County residents can support those who endured this tragedy, is by donating blood to the Red Cross. Donations will be used to help victims and replenish the Red Cross’s blood supply.
There are a number of blood drives happening in Salt Lake County. Just visit the
American Red Cross website and enter your zip code to locate the nearest place to donate. You can also download the
Red Cross’ Blood Donor App to find your nearest location and schedule an appointment.
My thoughts and prayers are with everyone at the concert last night, as well as the victims’ families. I am grateful for law enforcement, first responders, and hospital staff caring for those injured.
I am also grateful that so many Utahns are searching for a way to help.
New safety program directs residents to grab a kit and walk to school in the wake of a disaster
Major disasters have swept areas of our country over the last several weeks. Hurricanes and fires have displaced families from their homes causing fear and uncertainty as people look to escape the disaster and then rebuild in its wake. Salt Lake County is overdue for a large earthquake to rock the region. We don’t know when it will hit, but we know it will. The best thing we can do, is to prepare now.
The SAFE (Schools Aid Families in Emergencies) Neighborhoods program helps to organize communities for a major disaster. Today I joined emergency managers to highlight the new program that is now active at every elementary school throughout the Salt Lake Valley. After disaster strikes, people can grab their 96-hour kit and go to school. At every school is a sign posted telling the first person to arrive where to find the “Just In Time” (JIT) kit. The JIT kit has clear instructions, maps, and other materials that any adult can use to begin organizing their neighborhood.
SAFE Neighborhoods focuses on three areas:
- Build a 96-hour kit for each family member. The kit contains things like food, medications, and first aid.
- Create a family communications plan so your family members know where to go and who to contact in a disaster.
- After a major disaster, grab your kit and go school.
Watching the recent disasters unfold have shown that emergency responders will be very busy and unable to reach neighborhoods, so we need to step up and get prepared to be our own response, until help can arrive. We’ve also seen neighbor helping neighbor. It’s been inspiring to watch people – in the face tragedy – lending helping hands and care for one another. That is what SAFE Neighborhoods is about.
Mayor McAdams looks through a JIT kit with Melissa Ford, local resident trained in SAFE