Mayor’s proposed 2019 Salt Lake County budget
Posted by Ben McAdams
October 24, 2018
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Today I presented my proposed 2019 Salt Lake County budget to the County Council. My proposal is a structurally balanced budget that is fiscally sound with no tax increase. The budget prioritizes public safety – our core responsibility to county residents.
Public safety is my top priority. We must lock up criminals, we must maintain public safety, and we must do it in a fiscally responsible way. Together, with the support of the County Council we made a commitment to fund the opening of two additional pods
at Oxbow Jail. My proposal renews that commitment with an additional $1.3 million to fully fund the opening of Oxbow. This amount is in addition to the already $7.4 million public safety investment for Oxbow Jail that was funded with council support
We know that jail is not the silver bullet to complex criminal justice issues. While criminals belong behind bars, my budget proposal also recognizes programs that are proven to get to the root of why a person breaks the law. Breaking that cycle both
saves taxpayer dollars and allows those who have paid their debt to rejoin society as law-abiding, contributing citizens.
Read more about my proposed budget here.
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