2017 Salt Lake County budget proposal
Earlier this week I presented my 2017 Salt Lake County budget proposal. The $1.175 net billion budget is fiscally conservative with no tax increase. When I work with my finance team to prepare the budget, we go over every line item to see how to best use tax dollars to benefit the people we serve. Behind every budgeting decision are residents who benefit from the excellent services Salt Lake County provides.
Read my budget speech and see the 2017 proposed budget here. Now that the proposal is in, the County Council will review before making their final decisions and adapt the budget in December.
Mayor McAdams giving his budget speech to a packed room at the Salt Lake County government center
Westside economic development plan
Together with elected and local officials from the County Council and westside communities, I announced a new proposal to work together to grow the economy for all county residents. By forming the Mountain View Economic Development Commission, we can strategize together on how to best develop this land and bring economic diversity and growth for west-side residents, and all county residents.
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Welcoming Week kicks off Welcoming Salt Lake initiative
Earlier this year, Salt Lake County and Salt Lake Chamber launched the Welcoming Salt Lake initiative, to recognize the economic and cultural value that New Americans bring to our community. We gathered leaders to brainstorm how our community can be more welcoming to refugees and immigrants, resulting in an action plan.
Today, we are kicking off Welcoming Week in which we will share immigrant stories and hope the entire community joins in by posting stories of your own using the hashtag #WelcomingSaltLake. Also during Welcoming Week, tell us what you think about our Welcoming Salt Lake action plan. We'll take your feedback and incorporate it into our final plan.
Salt Lake County is a strong supporter of and vigorous partner in economic development projects that result in good-paying jobs and an expanding economy. Unfortunately, the plan to bring a Facebook data center to West Jordan did not fit that bill. The proposal would have cost county taxpayers up to $3 million per job, including $94 million that the Jordan School District's taxing entity would have given up, diverting money from school building needs.
I stand by my decision to make public what would have been a bad deal for taxpayers. As a careful steward of tax dollars, it is my job to ensure every penny is spent in a way that promotes public safety and service delivery as well as supporting economic growth.
We look forward to promoting true and lasting economic development activities throughout the county that represent a fair deal to taxpayers, good paying jobs and sustainable economic growth.
It’s time for action to reduce and prevent homelessness
I am ready to begin making changes that will result in
minimizing and preventing homelessness and moving individuals and families away
from crisis in their lives toward stability and self-reliance. Our action plan
follows two years of hard work by many groups who care deeply about the
complicated, long-running challenge presented by people experiencing
homelessness in our community.
We identified two issues. First, the main door to access
Utah’s homelessness services system turns out to literally be the door of the
emergency shelter, when a crisis occurs in a person’s life. Second, our large
“one-size-fits-all” emergency services model does not serve people well,
especially families, children, youth, domestic violence victims, individuals
with disabilities and working single adults.
Learn more about our Collective Impact on Homelessness efforts