At today’s Council, RDA, and LBA Meetings:
- The Council received a series of briefings about the proposed Salt Lake City budget for the next fiscal year, which begins in July. A public hearing was held, and a second hearing on the Citywide budget proposal is Tuesday, June 1 at 7 p.m.
- Much of the meeting agenda for the day also included budget items for the several organizations represented by the Council, including the Redevelopment Agency (RDA) and the Local Building Authority (LBA).
The Redevelopment Agency (RDA)
The Board of Directors:
- received a general overview of the proposed $47 million budget for the RDA for Fiscal Year 2021-22. Discussion by the Board included housing development funding priorities, use of Northwest Quadrant/Inland Port tax revenue, affordable housing spending, use of discretionary money for priority projects, Accessory Dwelling Unit development, and other topics. The Board will continue to discuss the Mayor’s Recommended Budget over the next several weeks and will have another public hearing on Tuesday, June 1 at 7 p.m. The Board expects to adopt the budget in mid-June.
- received a briefing about a resolution amending the current budget of the RDA, which adjust the estimated property tax increment revenues based on actual amounts received, additional funding for Station Center (overall estimated project cost $14-16 million) for public infrastructure in the Depot District, a TBD catalytic development along North Temple, a new community and cultural initiative in the Granary District, and other changes. A public hearing on this item was held at today’s meeting, too. The Board may consider action on this item in June.
- approved Nicholas Peterson to the Redevelopment Advisory Committee for a term ending in 2025.
Council Work Session items
- received a briefing about the proposed Police Department budget for Fiscal Year 2021-22. The Mayor’s recommendation is a 5% increase that would fund overtime, new civilian employees, base operations and other items. The Police Chief detailed the recommendations, such as six new social workers and an in-house licensed clinician for department employees. The Chief reported on the steady increase of calls for service, which, combined with 16.6% (or 84) of funded officer positions which are unfilled, means the City has been unavailable to respond to calls for service on a day-to-day basis.
- Discussion among the Council included how social workers are assisting on current calls, expanding the staffing and operating hours of the social work program, reviewing sex assault case numbers, and the possibility of a pilot program for civilian response (unarmed officers) to non-threatening public safety issues.
- A second public hearing on the Citywide budget proposal is Tuesday, June 1 at 7 p.m. A vote on the annual budget will be in June. See budget documents here: tinyurl.com/SLCFY22Budget
- was given an informational update on recent efforts on various projects related to racial equity and policing in the City. Council staff reported the Fiscal Year 2021 budget discussions last summer affirmed the City’s intentions to explore multiple avenues to create intentional, lasting change in City budgets, policies and processes. City elected officials and staff at all levels of government are working to learn more about and dismantle the processes that perpetuate inequity in Salt Lake City. The City is moving on proactive approaches to create equity and opportunity. Many of these changes have been far quicker than the typical pace of government, with the intention of locking in good changes now, and preserving ways to fine-tune as more is learned. In an effort to share updates on those changes, Council staff has maintained a webpage at tinyurl.com/slcracialequity
- was informed the Salt Lake City Racial Equity in Policing (REP) Commission wants to hear from Communities of Color about policing and the Salt Lake City Police Department. The REP will hold another public listening session on May 19 at 6 p.m. Join this meeting to share your experiences and concerns. More on the Commission
Other Agenda items
- received a briefing about the proposed Community and Neighborhoods Department budget for Fiscal Year 2021-22. Major shifts among Divisions within this Department have been proposed. Discussion among the Council included why the shift, adding Planning Staff, costs for Youth City Programming, priorities for some Planning items, and other items. A second public hearing on the Citywide budget proposal is Tuesday, June 1 at 7 p.m. A vote on the annual budget will be in June.
- was scheduled to be briefed about the proposed Human Resources Department budget and proposed Compensation budget but were taken off the agenda due to time constraints and will return at a future meeting.
- received a briefing about a resolution that would authorize the sale of Airport Revenue Bond issues to continue to finance construction of the new Salt Lake City International Airport. The resolution would involve the sale of up to $1 billion in limited obligation bonds that would be repaid solely by revenue generated at the Salt Lake City International Airport. The project is scheduled to be fully complete in 2024.
Note: Council Members, when elected, become part of four organizations that do City business:
- The City Council
- The Redevelopment Agency
- The Local Building Authority
- The Board of Canvassers
This night, three of those organizations had items up for public hearings. It included yearly budgets for all three for the fiscal year ahead. The City’s overall budget discussion, with public input, will continue to mid-June.
Council Formal Meeting
- The scheduled comment periods for public hearings, and an open comment section, included more than 40 people who spoke about various issues.
The Council’s public hearings were on four topics:
- Ordinance: Learned Alley Vacation (1025 West North Temple and 1022, 1028, 1030, and 1032 West Learned Avenue) The hearing was closed. Tentative Council action on this item is Tuesday, June 1.
- Ordinance: Fern Subdivision Alley Vacation. Adopted by the Council. Hearing closed. Tentative Council action on this item is Tuesday, June 1.
- Ordinance: Budget Amendment No. 9 for Fiscal Year 2020-21. The Council continued the public hearing to June 1.
- A series of Ordinances associated with the implementation of the Mayor’s Recommended Budget for Salt Lake City for the next fiscal year, including the Library Fund. The Ordinances were heard as one public hearing item. The Council closed the hearing and referred it to a second public hearing on June 1.
The Council also:
- Approved an Ordinance: Budget Amendment No. 8 for Fiscal Year 2020-21
- Approved an Ordinance: 2058 North 2200 West Zoning Map Amendment
- Approved the appointment of Debbie Lyons as the Director of the Sustainability Department.
- Approved an Ordinance: SQF, LLC Master License Agreement for Small Cell Installation in the Right-of-Way
- Approved an Ordinance: SQF, LLC Telecommunications Franchise Agreement
- Approved an Ordinance: Google Fiber Utah Amended and Restated Broadband Services Franchise
- Approved a Resolution: Housing Trust Fund Loan Amendment to Garden Lofts Holdings, LP, at 154 West 600 South
Other Formal Meetings
Local Building Authority
- The Board accepted public comment on adopting the budget for the Capital Projects Fund of the Local Building Authority of Salt Lake City for Fiscal Year 2021-22. A second public hearing on the budget proposal is Tuesday, June 1 at 7 p.m. A vote on the annual budget will be in June.
- The Board accepted public comment about the budget for the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City for Fiscal Year 2021-22. A second public hearing on the budget proposal is Tuesday, June 1 at 7 p.m. A vote on the annual budget will be in June.
All agenda-related comments received through any source are shared with the Council and added to the Council public meeting record.
Visit the Council’s agenda page for meeting documents and video or view an archive of prior meeting recaps.