On Wednesday, December 6, the Salt Lake County Council authorised a tax hike for the county’s library service area and certified the county’s 2023 budget. Mayor of Salt Lake County Jenny Wilson stated that the 2023 comprehensive budget “provides historic funding to health, quality of life initiatives, homeless system help, and environmental sustainability expenditures.” Additionally, funding was provided for all of the county’s urgently needed deferred maintenance, including upgrades to all of the county’s parks, recreation centres, and buildings.
The average home in Salt Lake County will pay an additional $30 in library taxes annually, which works out to around $30 per household. The change raises the rate from.000386 to.000485 as a result. According to reports, there hasn’t been a rise in the library tax in ten years. With this extra money, the library system will be updated and inflation-related stresses will be relieved.
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Approximately 880,000 individuals reside within the county library’s boundaries, and about two-thirds of them have active library cards, according to the county library. The Huntsman Mental Health Institute will have a temporary mental health receiving centre thanks to a $2.5 million fund that the council has approved in addition to a tax hike. The money will be used to pay for the institute’s expansion as well as 17 months of staffing, from April 2023 to Fall 2024.
According to Michael L. Good, CEO of the University of Utah Health, “these funds ensure we continue to deliver great care for patients in distress.” The creation of the Kem and Carolyn Gardner Mental Health Crisis Care Center in South Salt Lake will cost an additional $1 million from the budget. Law enforcement can refer those who are experiencing mental health emergencies to these crisis centres to receive extra assistance and long-term care.
A $2 million investment in a tiny home village run by The Other Side Village is one of the budget’s primary initiatives. The project, which will be constructed on a 40-acre plot of land close to Indiana Avenue, offers permanent housing for the homeless in Salt Lake City.
A new community health centre for the Utah AIDS Foundation will reportedly be built with money from the 2023 budget, and improvements to the irrigation system in the county’s parks and facilities will also reportedly be made.