October 25, 2016
Mayor McAdams to present balanced budget that puts public safety first, no tax increase
Lake County, UT—Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams presented his proposed 2017
budget to the Salt Lake County Council this morning. The $1.175 net billion
budget proposal reaffirms McAdams’ commitment to greater public safety and
healthy community requires staying the course on big issues such as criminal
justice, minimizing homelessness, and economic development and jobs,” said
to help pay for the high-cost of criminal justice reform, including treatment
for mental and behavioral health, he will ask the state legislature for some of
the $30 million in Medicaid match. The money has already been appropriated as
state Medicaid match for federal Medicaid dollars, but is awaiting action from
Washington D.C. McAdams wants to use some of the money to bridge the time until
the decision is made.
announced the county has nearly the total amount needed to begin the work of two
Pay for Success programs. The projects will help reduce the revolving door of
the criminal justice system and serve our persistently homeless population. Under
the Pay for Success model, the projects will receive funding upfront from
private and nonprofit entities. The county will repay the upfront money only if
the programs – managed by partners First Step House and The Road Home – are
McAdams says Information
Technology is the backbone of any large, data-driven organization like Salt
Lake County, which is why he proposed a $2.1 million investment for IT.
responsive and accountable to residents, we must have the technology hardware,
software, and systems to store and manage the data we need to meet our goals,”
his proposal includes a $39 million for a new Mid Valley Theater in
Taylorsville, responding the needs of our growing population and the county’s
commitment to help bring arts to all communities.
He also put
forward an $11,000 request for the Parks and Recreation’s Otters Swim program –
an adaptive sports program specially geared towards children with autism.
McAdams says if Proposition A – the Parks & Recreation bond – passes, more
improvements will be made to trails, parks and recreation facilities.
new revenue projections are up slightly for 2017, with countywide property and
sales tax expected to increase by approximately $6.8 million. This roughly two
percent increase will go towards inflationary increases for the county such as
health care costs and wages.
“This is a
conservative budget, one I believe will make a difference in the lives of the
people we are elected to serve,” said McAdams. “We’re accountable for every
dollar and determined to achieve maximum results.”
mayor’s speech as prepared and find the complete proposal at slco.org.