On Wednesday, Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall and the Salt Lake City Council issued the following joint statement regarding a Utah Supreme Court decision on Inland Port litigation.
“The Legislature should not be allowed to unilaterally change municipal land uses it does not agree with or redirect tax revenues that belong to cities. The Utah Supreme Court’s decision is deeply disappointing. The purpose of Salt Lake City’s litigation was to emphasize the unique authority of cities in Utah to directly respond to the needs of local constituents.
By allowing the state to usurp municipal land use authority, the Utah Supreme Court has potentially created serious consequences for the local authority of all 249 Utah cities and towns. While we are deeply disappointed with this decision, the City’s negotiations continue with the Utah Inland Port Authority on the contract to protect our residents’ health and mitigate the effects of the port on our community. We are also considering next steps on the Court’s request for additional briefing on the state’s redirection of the City’s tax revenue, which they did not rule on today.”