2018 Budget In Brief
The Salt Lake County finance team recently released the Salt Lake County 2018
Budget In Brief that gives an overview of county funds and our 2018 budget
priorities. The Budget In Brief breaks down what can be confusing budget
documents into an easy-to-read format, making the county budget easier to
access and more transparent.
The budget summary provides important financial information,
presenting a clear picture of the county’s financial health. Salt Lake County
is enjoying a strong economy, with jobs increasing by more than 97,000 over the
past 5 ½ years. We balance our budget in a bipartisan fashion and look for
continual improvement in efficient and effective services.
I appreciate our finance team and the County Council who
participate in making tough decisions as we work to get the best return on tax
2018 State of the County address
Today I delivered my 2018 State of the County address. In my speech, I announced the priorities for the year, including transportation and criminal justice initiatives. I also highlighted the county’s progress on behalf of residents in areas of health, education, recreation and infrastructure.
Safe, affordable housing for Operation Rio Grande court clients
Today I visited a sober living home where people in addiction recovery live in safe, affordable housing while they work to get back on their feet. More space is coming on line in homes like the one I visited today, thanks to a new Salt Lake County program, and in partnership with the Department of Workforce Services.
The Sober Living Home Voucher program pays up to $2,000 per person for their housing, under the condition they are in treatment for substance use, and actively seeking work or employed. While in the home, participants are paired with a case manager to help them find work and transportation. It’s this kind of support that someone like Destiny Garcia needs to regain self-sufficiency.
Destiny was arrested during Operation Rio Grande and is the first sober living housing program participant. She will live in the home at no charge, as long as she stays in treatment, actively seeks work, and remains in peer-mentoring opportunities.
As of today, the county has placed 14 people in homes, but that number will grow. Each of these people have unique stories that put them in this situation. But with a little support, they can overcome their challenges and be productive members of our community. More details about the Sober Living Voucher Program are here.
Left to right: Mayor McAdams, Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes, Destiny Garcia, Next Level Recovery home owners Michael and Renee Brown
Road project boosts local economy
Salt Lake County is investing $1.9 million on a road project that will pave the way for business growth. About 40 businesses currently operate in an area known as "Camp Kearns" for its World War II history, and there's room for more. Muddy, unkempt roads have been a barrier to attracting new businesses and growing existing ones. The project - that will be finished by Summer 2018 - will pave 1.5 miles of road. With the promise of paved roads, a trucking company plans to locate here and existing businesses have expansion plans.
2018 Salt Lake County budget finalized
Last night, the Salt Lake County Council passed a $1.3 billion net budget for 2018 that prioritizes public safety and economic development. The budget includes no tax increase while prioritizing money to open and run two unused pods in the Oxbow Jail and other efforts to boost criminal justice work.
The 2018 budget is an example of local elected officials working across the aisle in order to fund critical services for our residents while at the same time ensuring the budget is balanced. It responds to our top responsibility as a metro government—keeping our communities safe, effectively managing the Justice Reinvestment Initiative and reducing the repeat cycle of drug buying, arrest and release.
More information about the 2018 budget