HB 262 is a proposal at the Utah State Legislature that could result in a boundary adjustment between Millcreek and Salt Lake City. The adjustment would significantly and negatively impact the City’s residents and tax revenue.
Why the Council Opposes HB 262
This complex issue hasn’t been fully vetted by either city. Reducing predictability on boundary
adjustments affects tax base stability and could:
- negatively affect cities’ abilities to plan for services and budgets
- affect economic development efforts
- affect cities’ bond ratings
- subject other annexations to re-negotiation
- flout the existing process for boundary adjustments
Involving the Legislature harms Salt Lake City and Millcreek’s relationship and threatens the autonomy of all Utah’s Cities. It’s unnecessary: without the threat of legislation Salt Lake City welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with Millcreek.
Salt Lake City’s recent sales tax increase for safety, housing, transit and streets relies on revenues from Brickyard.
Millcreek’s assertions are surprising: The Brickyard has never been in Millcreek and they didn’t ‘lose’ that revenue. Millcreek’s proposed boundaries and tax base existed for years prior to their incorporation.
The Brickyard was never part of Millcreek; it was legally annexed into SLC from unincorporated county over 40 years ago, based on property owners’ petition. In 2003, Salt Lake City attempted to “square up the boundary” but stopped when some residents said “no.”
Impacts to residents: with this gap in the budget, Salt Lake City residents would have to pick up the tab for City services.
Millcreek’s draft General Plan calls for annexing hundreds of more acres in Salt Lake City and other cities – if this starts, where does it end?
Millcreek’s General Plan calls for more possible annexations:
- HB 262: Municipal Boundary Adjustment Amendments Info Sheet
- HB 262: Municipal Boundary Adjustments (bill in its entirety)
- February 4, 2019 Letter from SLC Council and Mayor to Millcreek Council
- February 4, 2019 Letter from Mayor Silvestrini to SLC (received via email)
- February 1, 2019 Millcreek Newsletter “Appeal for the Return of the Brickyard”
- January 28, 2019 Letter from SLC Council to Mayor Silvestrini
- November 29, 2018 Millcreek Planning Commission Meeting Minutes
- May 21, 2018 Letter from Mayor Silvestrini to SLC
- May 14, 2018 Millcreek Resolution requesting boundary adjustments with SLC (Brickyard, Tanner Park and Parley’s Historic Nature Park, Millcreek North)
- May 14, 2018 Millcreek Resolution ecouraging the study of potential S-line streetcar extension into Millcreek
- Millcreek Local Plat Map
- Map of Brickyard Acreage