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SLC budget deliberations begin for 2020-21; Electronic participation encouraged

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 4, 2020

Contact: Dan Weist
Council Communication team
801-535-7600

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – The Salt Lake City Council’s annual City budget discussions for the fiscal year 2020-21 begin in earnest this month, and the Council wants to hear from you, the public! An extended pandemic and the aftermath of the March earthquake could require the City to consider new directions with the annual budget this year. So, all the more, citizen input is needed. Social distancing doesn’t stop democracy.

The City budget is one of the Council’s strongest policy-making tools and one of the most important opportunities for public input. The discussions kick off with the Mayor’s recommended budget presentation on Tuesday, May 5 at 7 p.m. and end with a vote in mid-to late June.

As the pandemic situation evolves, Salt Lake City is working closely with the Health Department to balance public health with the responsibility to continue serving Salt Lake City residents and businesses. Until further notice, Council Meetings are entirely remote with no physical location for the meeting. You can access online or call in to participate. To participate live in a Public Hearing or make a general comment: https://www.slc.gov/council/news/featured-news/virtually-attend-city-council-meetings-2/

The Council meets weekly on Tuesdays until mid-June to discuss and fine-tune the budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which runs July through June. Follow along and weigh in by remotely joining a public hearing on May 19 or June 2.

At a Formal Meeting in June, the Council will adopt the budgets for the City overall, the Redevelopment Agency, the Local Building Authority, plus budgets for the Library, Airport, and Public Utilities (stormwater, sewer and water, and street lighting services). The adopted Budget in its entirety will be available online here: www.slc.gov/Finance/investor-relations-city-financials/budget upon publication.

A Truth in Taxation Hearing, a public hearing required by the State, will be held in August and formally completes the annual budget process.

  • To see the 2020-21 Budget Story: https://slcbudget-fy21-slcgov.hub.arcgis.com/
  • Or learn more about the budget process: https://slc-budget-101-slcgov.hub.arcgis.com/

To learn more about the budget, give comment, or for remote meeting access information and assistance, call 801-535-7600 or visit slccouncil.com. This phone line and website will be updated in the event that City Hall reopens to the public. Council staff will be available to help people connect to the meeting.

If you are interested in watching the City Council meetings, they are available on the following platforms:

  • Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/slcCouncil/
  • YouTube: youtube.com/slclivemeetings
  • Web Agenda: slc.gov/council/agendas/
  • SLCtv Channel 17 Live: slctv.com/livestream/SLCtv-Live/2
  • Call to listen: 1-408-418-9388. Meeting access codes will be posted within 24 hours in advance of each meeting.

To participate in a Council Public Hearing:
1) Dial in by phone
1-408-418-9388
May 19 Access Code: 269 102 570
June 2 Access Code:965 353 796
Press # when asked for a password

2) Use Webex
Option 1: Webex App (download at webex.com/downloads)
Open a browser and type the meeting event link:

  • May 19: https://tinyurl.com/May19SLCFormal First budget public hearing 7:00 p.m.
  • June 2: https://tinyurl.com/June2SLCFormal Second budget public hearing 7:00 p.m.

Option 2: Browser

Visit Webex.com and select “Join” with the meeting access code
Council meetings will be open prior to the 7 p.m. start time for audio testing.

Your participation is always welcome! In fact, you can watch any Council meeting on YouTube or Facebook, or multiple other avenues – find additional connection information at SLCCouncil.com or by calling 801-535-7600.

Other ways to comment:

  • 24-hour comment line: 801-535-7654
  • Email comments to council.comments@slcgov.com.
  • Or send a letter to:
    PO Box 145476
    Salt Lake City, UT
    84114-5476

All agenda-related comments received through any source are shared with the Council and added to the Council public meeting record.

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