December 3, 2019
Salt Lake County Council adopts 2020 budget
Chloe Morroni -
Salt Lake County, UT – The Salt Lake County Council has passed a $1.4 billion net budget for 2020 that prioritizes public safety and essential services.
It was adopted tonight by a vote of 7-2 following a public hearing before the County Council. “This is an example of elected officials working together to fund critical services for our community while ensuring the budget is balanced,” said Mayor Jenny Wilson.
The final budget includes funding supported by the Council for several of Mayor Wilson’s top priorities including domestic and sexual violence initiatives, and the stabilization of pay for workers in our jail. Wilson said, “So much of what we do as a county is in the name of public safety. Nearly 90 percent of our general fund tax dollars go to public safety initiatives and programs in multiple forms.”
The County Council approved budget includes a rate adjustment to cover critical needs in the county. Among these needs are the costs associated with the state-mandated expansion of the 3rd District Court, and funding the 2020 election, which is anticipated to be among the largest elections ever managed by the County Clerk’s Office.
“I built my budget to be fiscally responsible, which maintains our prized Triple-A bond rating, while providing for critical needs in our county,” said Mayor Wilson. “I appreciate the Council’s support and dedication to the residents of Salt Lake County.”