Greater Local Control - High Quality Services - Unique Community Character
have no authority to impose a utility franchise tax or local property tax; metro townships also would not have that authority. Cities have that taxing authority.
If voters choose to become a city,
they will continue to be served by county municipal service delivery, until
their elected mayor and council take office in January 2017.
The new city
council will have the opportunity to decide among three options (1) within six
months, the city council can opt out of the Municipal Services District, (2)
remain independent but contract with the Municipal Services District for
certain services, or (3) provide municipal services via other contractors
and/or city employees.
All current township areas, whether
they vote to become a city or metro township, will continue to get police and
fire services from Unified Police Department (UPD) and Unified Fire Authority
Each metro township will elect
township council members in November 2016. They will be elected from districts
within the metro township.
Each township council will have five members. The township councils will have
the power to enact local ordinances and oversee local municipal services. The
chair of the council will sit on the Municipal Services District Board of
Sales taxes collected in the metro
townships and the unincorporated areas will be distributed according to a
budget adopted by the Municipal Services District Board. After the
November 2016 metro township council election, the elected chair of the metro
township council will have a seat on that Board. (Currently, municipal services
are paid for with sales tax revenue from townships and unincorporated areas,
and from cities that contract with Salt Lake County for municipal services.)
Local township councils do not have
the ability to directly spend taxpayer dollars. Sales taxes go into the
Municipal Services District; property taxes continue to go to entities such as
Unified Police Department and Unified Fire authority as they do presently. The
Board of the Municipal Services District will oversee the budget decisions of