Utah: Salt Lake City Library Budget Calls For Property Tax Hike, No More Late Fees
Salt Lake City’s library officials are looking to taxpayers to chip in an extra $20 apiece per year to pay largely for updates to the oldest branches.
Under a proposed budget delivered to the City Council, library officials Tuesday night said it was time for a tax hike that would raise the library’s share of property taxes on a $247,000 home to $115.20 a year. That’s a jump of about 21 percent for a median-value home. Businesses valued at $1 million would pay an additional $148.
With the extra $3.9 million in revenue, plus an expected $450,000 from new growth in the city, the library system would pay for renovations at its older branches, stronger security at its main facility, new staff and attendants who stand outside restrooms at the main library. Staff would also receive a pay hike and cheaper health insurance.
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Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.