Thursday, May 31, 2012

Free Waste Collection Event


Salt Lake County Special Service District # 1 (Sanitation) is hosting a waste collection event on Saturday June 30, 2012 from 8 am to 2 pm at the Public Works Facility in Midvale, 7125 South 600 West. 

Acceptable items include green waste, bulk waste, recyclables, glass, electronic waste, and document for shredding. Green waste will be chipped and composted; recyclables will be sorted, processed and returned to market; electronic waste will be disassembled and recycled; glass will be processed and recycled; bulk waste will be transported to the landfill; and documents will be shredded by Rocky Mountain Document Destruction. 

You can watch as your sensitive documents are destroyed, and the paper fibers will be recycled. Rocky Mountain Document Destruction also destroys computer hard drives and will accept them at this event; hard drives must be removed from your computer if you want them destroyed. 

This event is free of charge and open to all residents of Special Service District #1 (Herriman, Taylorsville, Cottonwood Heights, Holladay, and all unincorporated Salt Lake County). 

All loads must be tarped and properly secured for transport to the event. Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) will not be accepted, but residents may drop HHW materials at either the Salt Lake Valley Solid Waste Facility located at 6030 West California Avenue (1400 S.) or the Trans-Jordan Landfill located at 10873 South 7200 West between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm

Friday, May 25, 2012

Council Update - 5/23/12 - UPD and Budget


By Cheryl Cottle

Salt Lake County Council Member Jim Bradley spoke regarding the Unified Police Department (UPD). He gave explanation regarding the UPD fee that was previously levied and clarified that the fee was only assessed in the unincorporated areas of Salt Lake County.  He confirmed that the fee was completely discontinued at the end of 2011  and will never be coming back.  Council Member Bradley also described the make-up of the UPD Board.  There are eight voting members, with three representatives from Salt Lake County and one from each of the participating municipalities (Midvale, Holladay, Herriman, Riverton and Taylorsville).  Representation is based on population and the County has three representatives because they cover the population in Kearns, Magna, and Millcreek.  He stressed that all participating cities have an equal part in the decision-making process of the UPD Board.
The Council began review of the tentative Budget for FY 2012-2013.  Chief Del Craig outlined his proposed budget for the Taylorsville Police Department and detailed specific changes from last year. It was noted that recent legislative mandates make it mandatory for cities to purchase e-ticketing software this year. The total amount requested for the Police Department budget is $8.2 million.  In addition to that amount, there are also requests for “Add Packages” that would fund two additional officers, one additional civilian, a fleet management program, and improvements needed to office space for the department.  Chief Craig suggested that all of these things are necessary for the City’s police department to move forward and function effectively.
The City Council Budget was discussed and cuts were made to the line items for studies and legal services.  The Council also removed the proposed 3% salary increases from the budget for all elected officials, department heads, and new employees who have worked for the City less than a year.
The Mayor’s Budget was reviewed and Mayor Wall addressed questions regarding line items in his budget.
Judge Michael Kwan outlined the budget for the Municipal Justice Court.  He projected that the Court will out perform the budget passed last year by $183,222.  This year’s proposed budget for the Court shows a projected “shortfall” of $242,264.  Judge Kwan observed that it costs approximately $9.69 per household each year to operate the Taylorsville Court.  He reviewed benefits that are provided by the Court and noted that the cost is a small premium to pay to ensure that citizens’ constitutional rights are protected. Judge Kwan stressed the need to make some market adjustments to court employee salaries in order to facilitate hiring and retaining competent employees.  Some Taylorsville Court Clerks are currently being paid below market value and good employees are being lost to other courts who offer higher wages.
The budget for Administration was thoroughly reviewed and questions were addressed regarding training costs, membership dues, legal services, and retirement contributions.  
A citizen comment period was held and citizens were invited to give their input on the proposed budget or other City matters.  Three citizens spoke in regard to the proposed budget. Concern was expressed over the proposed tax increase and restraint was encouraged. One citizen noted that he had learned a great deal about the budgeting process by listening to tonight’s discussion.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Neighborhood Clean-up

Taylorsville residents have come to love the annual giant dumpsters that are delivered to their neighborhoods. 


Since we contract with Salt Lake County Sanitation, we share some of these great services with other cities. Each year Sanitation rotates through the cities to allow everyone the opportunity to have the neighborhood clean-up services at various times. Most people prefer the dumpsters to come in the spring, so we all have to take our turn.


This year the dumpsters in Taylorsville will be delivered between Sept. 21-Oct. 23. Residents will get a postcard a few weeks before telling them the exact days the dumpster will be in their neighborhood. Any bulk waste is welcome in the dumpsters!


Next year we are scheduled for July/August and in 2014 we are scheduled to receive them in June.


In addition to this great service, residents can rent a green waste trailer for $30. This trailer will be delivered to your home and is available for trees, grass, shrubs, and other green waste. Once you are done with, it will be hauled away. For more information on these services, please contact Sanitation at 385-468-6325. You can also visit their website at http://www.sanitation.slco.org.


In April and October there are free vouchers available for the landfill. You can pick those up at the receptionist desk upstairs at City Hall.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Council Update 5/16/12 - Budget and UPD

The City Council meeting opened with a half dozen comments from residents who had comments about the budget and the possible joining of Unified Police Department (UPD).

Seghini's UPD report
Mayor Wall turned his Mayor's Report time over to Midvale Mayor JoAnn Seghini. She spoke about Midvale's experience joining UPD and UFA. She spoke about the $2.5 million savings that Midvale experienced. She said the police reserve was increased, that all their Midvale police officers and firefighters transition over with jobs and proper equipment. She said the citizens had the same level of service. Their call response times went from 10 minutes down to 4 minutes. She said they increased the quality of their departments. The council asked many questions about response times, how the contract works, transitioning, etc.

Changing Street Name
A group of neighbors got together at a barbecue a few years ago and decided they wanted their street to have an actual name instead of numbers. The city is proposing that all eight residents on that street, along with Councilmember Rechtenbach and City Engineer John Taylor, be the committee to make a decision on the street name. The street name currently proposed is Crimson Court.

Economic Development Report
Economic Development Director Donald Adams gave his quarterly Economic Development report. Adams said there are approximately 17,000 jobs in the city. He said the unemployment rate in Taylorsville has been going down. In 2010 the rate was 8.2% and today it is 6.2%. Income levels in Taylorsville have been increasing over the past few years. Adams said that when businesses are trying to decide where to locate, they drive around the community and notice streetscapes, how neighborhood and parks are maintained, and if the city looks like a viable place, in addition to demographics. He updated the council about some specific projects that are considering a Taylorsville location - a large entertainment business, a couple of restaurants, and announced the opening of Dickey's Barbecue.

Budget Committee supports UPD
Budget Committee Chair Lynn Handy gave a report and recommendation of the city's Budget Committee. This committee is comprised of Taylorsville residents who have a financial background. They review the city budget and give recommendations to the council. Tonight Handy focused on UPD. The Budget Committee unanimously agreed that Taylorsville would be better served by going with UPD. The committee has met with UPD and run all the numbers. They believe it would be less expensive to take advantage of "economies of scale" by pooling services with the other cities. Handy also reported that the committee supports giving all employees an average raise of 3 percent. Employees have not been given raises for the past four years.

Police Budget
The council had a discussion on UPD. Police Chief Craig, City Administrator John Inch Morgan, CFO Scott Harrington, and Mayor Wall all participated in the discussion. One good question Councilmember Johnson asked was how easy it would be to get out of UPD. The city can leave UPD at any time and take all assets with them. Of course there would be some hassles - repainting cars, hiring a new police chief, etc. The Mayor stated that he thinks when elected officials join UPD they will be happy with the service and financial savings and will not want to leave UPD.

The council did not take any action on the UPD issue and will not be taking a vote on it until June.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Taylorsville Police Department Budget

The Mayor's proposed budget includes joining the Unified Police Department to save over $500K. In a previous post I blogged about the benefits of joining UPD.


This post focuses on the budget for the police department, if we do NOT join UPD.


Last year the police department had a $7.7 million budget. When the PD was asked to put together their budget for this upcoming year, the numbers came in at $8.7 million. The police department pared their budget down to $8.2 million. 


I was interested in the difference between last year's budget and the proposed budget for this year. Here are some of the additional expenses in this year's police budget: 


$130K - A 3% compensation increase to provide officer's raises in light of pay being frozen in the past.
$30K - Anticipated overtime which is inflation-related and based upon historical trends.
$200K - Total increase in cost of health and retirement benefits.
$2K - Several years ago training was cut and now the department is trying to build this back up. 
$30K - E-ticketing software and usage. This will only provide it for half of the department.
$54K - Fuel increases and vehicle maintenance
$13K - Office equipment - two new phone lines, copy machine maintenance, phone service contract
$45K - Police dispatch - due to increased staffing to take and dispatch calls. 
$18K - Hepatitis vaccine for all police officers (they have been at risk without this).
$9K - Crossing guard equipment and special uniform equipment.
$12K - Increase in firearms budget (This budget used to be $60K. In 2011 it was cut down to $25K and last year was funded at $38K. This year's increase would put the department at $50K.) This is training for firearms use. In the past, shoot qualifiers went from four shoots per year to just two. According to the PD, the city's liability increases when training is cut.
$95K - Rotating police vehicles. Since police cars are used heavily, and dependability is vital, the department is trying to get on a four-year rotation for their vehicles. Currently there is no savings (fund balance) available to draw these funds from, so it must come from the fiscal year budget. 


The items above are included in the $8.2 million proposed PD budget, if the city decides not to join UPD. Here are some other items that the police department would like to see funded, but are not in the $8.2 million budget. These items are called "Add packages," which means the council could choose to fund any of these items.


$10K - Motor/crash team station 
$1K - Motor/Crash Supplies 
$236K - 2 additional Officers & Equipment 
$44K - Salary and benefits for civilian staffer to assist in patrol and investigations (new position).
$35K - Fleet Maintained  Program (contractor or employee)
$20K - Holiday pay out - only for patrol officers scheduled to work holidays.
$30K - Master officer funding 
$18K - Patrol Area Work Stations 
$8K - Carpeting in Patrol and Public Areas 
$15K - Cubicles Admin Area      
                                                                              

Several police officers have said that they are fine keeping the Taylorsville Police Department, but they are anxious to have elected officials fully fund public safety. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Council Work Session - May 9, 2012

The council meeting began with a discussion on community councils. In Mayor Wall's State of the City address he said that he would like to see community councils come to fruition. The city already has an ordinance for community councils, but has not enacted them. Michael Stott, a resident of Taylorsville who works for Salt Lake City's Mayor's Office as a liaison for their community councils, volunteered to rewrite the ordinance and give input. He came to the meeting and answered questions on the different ways the city can do community councils - either as an advisory body to the city, or as a non-profit independent group. His suggestion for the city was to operate community councils as advisory bodies. He also suggested having the councils districted - one for each of the five city council districts. The city council decided to consider the new ordinance after the budget is passed mid June.

The other item on the agenda was discussion of the budget. The council reviewed the revenue in the 2012-2013 budget.

No citizens spoke during the open citizen comment time.


Monday, May 7, 2012

Unified Police Department


The administration's proposed budget includes a savings of $557,331 by contracting for all police services through the Unified Police Department. The Mayor anticipates that it will mean an increase in service for the city, as we will keep our same police officers but they will have access to more resources. 

The UPD model helps Taylorsville retain control of the law enforcement functions but helps us take advantage of “economies-of-scale.” UPD is an entity that pools services with several cities and unincorporated Salt Lake County. We already contract with UPD for dispatch, evidence, and records management. This budget proposes that we contract with UPD for all police services.

UPD has an eight-member board that acts as the decision-making body. This board is made up of three county reps (since unincorporated SL County makes up such a large part of UPD), and five reps from other contract cities. Mayor Russ Wall is already a member of that board. It is this board that makes decisions on contract costs for the involved cities. Every year they figure out how much it would cost an entity for their contract based on a pre-determined costing model. The individual entities can then decide if they want to fund that amount, or choose a higher or lower amount, depending on what kind of service (how many officers) they would like. 

Some believe that UPD is the same as Salt Lake County. But they are two separate entities. (Separate bank accounts, separate boards, etc.) When your mayor is a member of that UPD board, he/she has a say in how the contract costs are figured. It is not likely that the mayors are going to let one city get an advantage over another, or let UPD gouge an entity. The UPD model prevents that from happening.

The UPD also has a fund balance, like a savings account, for equipment and other items that need to be turned-over. Because of this, UPD would front the cost for Taylorsville getting their fleet up to par, an expense that the Taylorsville City Council has not adequately funded. Since having us part of UPD is a benefit to all the cities involved, UPD is willing to take our old vehicles and fund our portion of the fund balance. 

If Taylorsville wanted to dissolve their association with UPD, they could after three years. If they dissolved, Taylorsville would get to keep all equipment and assets. 

Many of the Taylorsville police officers are in favor of going to UPD. When officers need training now, it decreases our staffing. With UPD, resources may be reallocated to cover the short term loss.

Besides Taylorsville, Midvale, Holladay, Herriman, and Riverton are partners in UPD. They have had nothing but good to say about the partnership. The "economies of scale" help each city take advantage of pooled resources.

One question that often gets brought up is how the police fee would affect Taylorsville. It would not. The police fee was a method that the unincorporated areas - Magna, Kearns, and Millcreek - used to charge residents for their police services. It has nothing to do with UPD or Taylorsville and was done away with. 

Here is an article that appeared in USA Today about UPD... Cities merge police agencies in light of budget realities.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Taylorsville City 2012-2013 Budget Information


The proposed 2012-2013 budget includes a potential property tax increase of approximately $6.48 per month on a residential property with a value of $197,000. The reasons for the tax increase include:
  • The cost of our service contracts has increased because of inflation. Our contracts for fire, police, animal control, snow plow, and road maintenance service have gone up. 
  • Inflation on transportation costs have increased 16 percent with gasoline prices being the largest component.
  • Because of past decisions and the hesitancy to raise taxes in prior years, we have deferred maintenance on several projects and we cannot hold these projects off any longer.
  • Last year elected officials chose to use $800,000 from our fund balance (savings account), instead of raise taxes. Recurring expenses were funded with these one-time funds, such as two new police officers and funding for economic development. That has put us in a bind this year. 
  • We have budgeted money for performance-based wage increases to attract and retain strong city employees. Other employment costs have also increased.
  • To improve economic development, the city wants to be more aggressive in funding neighborhood revitalization and business incentives.
Living in Taylorsville is a bargain!
Recently, the Utah Taxpayers Association released a report that names Taylorsville as having the lowest cost of government per capita. We have the fifth lowest property tax rate out of 17 Salt Lake County municipal service entities. Three of the four with lower tax rates, Alta, Sandy, and Murray, have made significant investments in economic development over the past 20 years and are now seeing the monetary results of those investments, which gives them the ability to keep their taxes low. Even with this tax increase, we will still have one of the lowest tax rates in the state.
What is Economic Development and how do we keep taxes low?
A city’s greatest single source of revenue is sales tax received from businesses. The best way to keep property taxes low is to have a successful business base. Taylorsville has not been as proactive over the past 10 years in investing in economic development. That changed last year when the council passed a bond to fund economic development projects. We hope to continue this, so down the road sales tax revenue can take more of the burden off the residents.
What portion of my property tax bill goes to Taylorsville?
The only portion of your property tax that goes to the city is the Taylorsville municipal tax portion which is approximately 13.8 percent of your total property tax. That means this tax increase is equivalent to about 5.5 percent increase of your total property tax.
Is joining the Unified Police Department (UPD) part of this budget?
The proposed budget includes joining UPD. The administration feels strongly that we either need to fully fund our police force, or join UPD. Right now the anticipated savings to the city is $557,331 if we join UPD. We anticipate that it will be an increase in service for the city, as we will keep our same police officers but they will have access to more resources. 
The UPD model helps Taylorsville retain control of the law enforcement functions but helps us take advantage of “economies-of-scale.” UPD is an entity that pools services with several cities and unincorporated Salt Lake County. We already contract with UPD for dispatch, evidence, and records management. This budget proposes that we contract with UPD for all police services. (And, no, there is no “police fee.” That was a fee that Salt Lake County chose to charge their residents in the unincorporated areas and has nothing to do with UPD.)
In our recent Dan Jones poll, we found only 19 percent of Taylorsville residents opposed joining UPD. Over 53 percent were in favor, and 25 percent of residents were neutral on the issue.
What is NOT in the budget?
Although a tax increase is being proposed, many of the items in the 10-year Strategic Plan are not getting any funding this year. The budget is still very lean and conservative. The following items are NOT in the budget: 
Performing arts center, parks and trails, indoor swimming pool, an additional fire station, additional code enforcement officers, upgrade to the Taylorsville-Bennion Heritage Center, increased maintenance and upkeep of city property, continuation of Redwood Road beautification, additional landscaping at City Hall, expansion of the Senior Center, more landscaping along streets.
During the budget hearings, residents have the opportunity to share their vision for the city. If you would like to see something on this list included, contact your city council member or come speak at the meetings. 
Other Frequently Asked Questions:
When was our last Taylorsville tax increase? 
The last and only increase was in 2006.
Do we pay more in city tax than surrounding cities?
No, in fact you pay less than most of the cities in the state. There are a handful of cities that have lower taxes - Alta (thanks to revenue from ski resorts), Sandy and Murray (both of which have been investing in economic development for a long time). The Utah Taxpayer Report shows that Taylorsville is actually the least expensive city for taxpayers, per capita.
What happens if we don’t raise taxes this year?
For the past few years, we have been deferring maintenance projects. For instance, when you defer road maintenance, it ends up being more expensive down the road (no pun intended). It is much less expensive overall to do routine maintenance such as slurry seals and overlays than to completely rebuild a road. The administration feels like we cannot defer maintenance any longer, so services would need to be cut to stave off a tax increase. (Less law enforcement, decrease in snow plowing, decreased maintenance of parks and open space, etc.)
If I have more detailed questions on the budget, where should I go?
You can view the entire budget on our website at taylorsvilleut.gov. You can also call John Inch Morgan, city administrator, at 801-963-5400 or email him at jimorgan@taylorsvilleut.gov.
What do I do if I can’t afford my property taxes?
There are programs that you help you if you are having a hardship with paying your property tax. Contact the Salt Lake County Treasurer’s office at 385-468-8300 or treasurer.slco.org to see if you qualify for property tax relief.
Budget Calendar:
May 15 at 7 p.m. at City Hall - Budget Information Meeting - Residents are invited to come hear from the Mayor and department heads on the proposed budget. After a 30-45 minute presentation, residents can then ask individual questions to elected officials and staff in an open house format.
May 16 at 6 p.m. at City Hall - City Council Work Session - The council will be going through the budget. Residents have an opportunity to publicly speak.
May 23 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall - City Council meeting - The council will continue to review the budget and residents can publicly give input.
May 30 from 6-7 p.m. at City Hall - Mayor’s Town Hall open house - Staff and elected officials will be available at an informal open house to discuss the budget or any other city issues. 
June 6 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall - City Council meeting and Budget Public Hearing - Council will discuss the budget and it will be the official public hearing to receive input.
Sometime in August (to be determined) at City Hall - Truth-in-Taxation hearing
Additional meetings may be scheduled according to needs.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Budget Narrative from Council meeting May 2, 2012

For those of you die-hard budget fans, here is the budget narrative that Mayor Wall read during the council meeting last night. We will continue to post more information about the 2012-2013 budget.

The 2012-2013 total budget is $22,321,405 in both Revenue and Expenditures. General Fund Operating Expenditures total $21,460,705, with $200,000 being transferred to the Capital Improvement Fund, and $660,700 being budgeted for debt service. This is an increase in total General Fund spending of $30,761 over last year. Although we have an increase in revenue, dipping into last year’s fund balance and using $800,541 to hire two additional police officers, to provide needed infrastructure maintenance, and to fund Economic Development activities, has put us in a bind this year. In as much as this was money from savings and is not available to pay for these ongoing expenses it must be made up with other tax revenue. This budget recommends an increase in the property tax rate over the current fiscal year of approximately $6.48 per month on a residential property with a value of $197,000 (the actual increase will vary with the assessed value of the property).  This increase is necessary to continue to provide the essential levels of public safety, public works municipal services, pay for increased fuel and materials costs, and to invest in economic development activities that will revitalize our commercial base. We anticipate the investment will, in time, offset the need for future property tax increases. 
While sales tax revenues have started to rebound, the cost of providing services has also increased with an inflation rates. The annual inflation rate for transportation costs (gasoline being the biggest component) increased by 16%. Increasing fuel costs impact virtually all of the municipal services. In order to provide the same level of Fire, Medical, Police, Animal Control, Snow Plowing and Road Maintenance services, we need to pay these or risk reducing the level of these services.
Cost increases in the proposed budgets are for fuel, construction materials, utility rates, completing deferred projects that can no longer wait, and a moderate adjustment to employee compensation on an average of three percent, based on the Pay-for-Performance Plan. Additional inflationary costs incurred with our contract services providers include increases in health care ranging from 5.6 percent to 10 percent and mandated increased cost for retirement of approximately 2.5 percent. These increases are reflected in the department’s budgets and in the contract prices for fire and medical services, animal control services, and public works.
Recently, the Utah Taxpayers’ Association released a report that names Taylorsville as having the lowest cost of government per capita. We are the fifth lowest property tax rate out of 17 Salt Lake County municipal service entities. Three of the four with lower tax rates, Alta, Sandy, and Murray, have made significant investments in alternative revenue enhancements in previous decades. Those enhancements now yield significant returns on their investments, reducing the respective entities’ dependency on property taxes to finance both operations and capital improvement projects. Cities with tax rates that are higher than Taylorsville are also actively pursuing and investing in Economic Development activities in a competing effort to attract the limited number of commercial enterprises to their respective cities.   
For Taylorsville homeowners, the property taxes paid to the City are approximately 13.8% of their total property tax assessment. This amounts to approximately $16.97 per month per residential property. 
This budget allocates resources in a manner consistent with the City’s Ten Year Strategic Plan. We take seriously the charge to carefully manage tax dollars entrusted to the city, and have looked for alternatives for providing two of the more costly services to the City: Law Enforcement and Public Works services.
For the 2012-2013 Budget, we have proposed contracting for Law Enforcement Services with the Unified Police Department at an anticipated savings to the City of $557,331 over the proposed in-house budget request jointly prepared by the Police Department and the City Administration. Our current police department is second to none, and we have had extensive discussions with other cities currently served by the Unified Police Department, and are convinced that the City will retain control of the law enforcement functions after consolidation with the UPD through the directed enforcement precinct model. The initial budget request from the Police Department was constructed with the goal of “fully funding” the essential needs of the police department. As we all struggled through the recession with decreased revenues, the police budgets were cut and essential tools and training were forgone; the most notable being the timely replacement of police vehicles. We are compelled to use the full-cost models for both options in order to assess the true “apples to apples” comparison of contracting versus self-providing law enforcement services in the long-term.
Over the past several years the Administration has investigated the feasibility of contracting for Public Works services with private contractors, or partnering with other cities in an effort to take advantage of economies of scale. Three years ago, the City joined with Holladay and Cottonwood Heights Cities to self-provide street sweeping services after investigating alternatives. The three Cities were able to provide the service more often at a greatly reduced expenditure. We are looking at bids to privatize Public Works services and will have more information on this within the next several months. It may positively impact the next mid-year budget.
The City Council and Mayor Wall in several previous meetings have identified Economic Development activities to be one of the City’s highest priorities. The challenge we face is in working with commercial property owners and in attracting the type of retail stores that will not only encourage Taylorsville residents to shop in Taylorville, but will also attract non-Taylorville residents to import their sales tax dollars to our City.
We believe that the time is right for additional bold action by our City in the area of Economic Development. Our economic development activities must seek partnerships with commercial property owners and retail storeowners that may include a complete renovation of certain properties to improve the access and functionality of the properties. This budget asks the City Council to consider bonding for an additional $5 million to support the economic development project areas. This bond would be for the installation of the Taylorsville signature walls throughout the City. This enhancement will help to bring additional business and revenue to the City and improve the corridors leading to our commercial districts and our neighborhoods. 
As an Add Package, we would like to discuss potentially funding the acquisition of software and equipment for electronic plan review, thus greatly reducing or eliminating hard copy submittal of plans, and expediting the turn around of plan sets to architects, builders and developers.
 We have charged the Community Development Department with the major initiatives of instigating a Neighborhood Revitalization Plan and a comprehensive update of the General Plan. Both of these projects will be performed in-house, saving taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars for professional consultants. The Neighborhood Revitalization Program has been discussed with council members, citizens and in our strategic planning sessions. The program will bring together and utilize various disciplines; law enforcement, code enforcement, the health department, housing experts and others in an effort to stop the decline of certain neighborhoods, and encourage reinvestment to maintain and advance property values and quality neighborhoods.
The proposed budget provides opportunities for discussion on alternatives to the proposed budget activities and projects through Add Packages. The Add Package tab lists various projects and initiatives total $9 million.
A potential Add Package for the cemetery is the construction of an equipment structure, estimated to cost $30,000.
Two years ago the Economic Development Fund was established to account for activities related to the recruitment and infrastructure development of the City’s commercial tax base. The 2012-2013 Fiscal Year Budget identifies $4.3 million in Revenue, with $4 million from bond proceeds to be drawn as certain projects come on line. The Expenditures Tab in the Economic Development Fund includes a line for Economic Projects for roughly $4 million.
Funding priorities, capital projects and municipal services goals targeted for accomplishment in the proposed budget include, but are not limited to: Taylorsville Family Center - between $8-10 million; Plaza 5400 - $1-2 million; Nelson Labs expansion - $1-1.5 million; Access to Swain property - $450K; North Point CDA - $400K; UDOT property - $7-9 million
A large portion of infrastructure expenditure is $5 million to construct roadway walls throughout the City. The walls will be the cast concrete stone faced walls previously installed along 5400 South from 2200 West to 3600 West. We have identified several locations throughout the City were travel corridors next to residential back lot property lines create safety and health hazards for the residents. In the City’s Strategic Plan, these projects have been identified, and the alternatives are to budget for one or two projects each year, or to bond for $5 million and complete all of the projects this year. Included in the budget is $100,000 for the first year interest on the bonds. The bond payments in subsequent years will likely be about $448,000 annually depending on the interest rates.
This year we anticipate on expending $2 million of the Fund Balance carried over from previous periods as proceeds from the Storm Water Bond, for capital projects totaling $2.5 million. One million dollars is being rolled-over and budgeted for the repair of the 5350 South 1300 West project where excessive storm water destabilized the canal bank and threatened the integrity of the 1300 West roadway. Another $1,000,000 is being budgeted for projects that are included in the Storm Water Master Plan and previously approved by the Council.
The 2012-2013 Fiscal Year Tentative Budget is our recommendation for the efficient and effective allocation of resources that will bring our City closer to accomplishing our common established vision.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

1300 West road project finished under-budget and ahead of schedule


The road at 1300 West, between 5400 South and 5550 South, is now open to all traffic. The road rebuild came in under-budget and ahead of the originally scheduled opening of May 15. 
Due to heavy rains and flooding last summer, the road was closed and a complete rebuild was necessary. Taylorsville City engineers noticed movement on the canal bank and settlement within the roadway, which caused concern for the safety of vehicles. The city had to be very cautious due to the potential hazards created by the utilities in the roadway, including large gas and water lines. They were concerned that the vibrations of vehicles going over the roadway may cause additional movement and immediately closed the road.
A geotechnical investigation was done and based on those results, city engineers determined the best course of action to rebuild the road.
The total bill is anticipated to come in around $700K. Originally the city thought the cost would be closer to $1.2 million.
“We appreciate the patience of our residents,” said Mayor Russ Wall. “We understand this road closure has been inconvenient.”
Having the road closed has not been too much of an inconvenience for one resident. Marty Mankins left a comment on the city blog, “I admit that it's been nice to have had almost 10 months of hardly any traffic, but it will be nice to have the road open again as well.”