Salt Lake County Mayor
Peter Corroon (D)

Yesterday Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon announced a proposal that would increase Salt Lake County residents’ taxes by $64.  That would only raise the income by $30.9 million!  In the Deseret News Corroon stated“If passed by the council, the increase would appear on tax bills beginning in November 2013. It would be the county’s first property tax increase since 2000.

Without the tax increase, Corroon said the county will be faced with major layoffs, the closure of facilities and a district attorney’s office that has to pick and choose which criminals to prosecute.

“As difficult as it is, when it’s time to raise taxes, it’s time to raise taxes,” he said, “and that time has come. This is the best way to keep our county government stable and operational.”

Iwas listening to KNRS and  heard  Mayor Corroon state that Salt Lake County has experienced a lot of growth and that we have developed a high quality life style that Salt Lake County needs to maintain, hence the proposed raise!

I am not a mathematician but doesn’t more people coming into our county mean more income?

Salt Lake Mayor Elect
Ben McAdams (D)

On November 6th Salt Lake County voted themselves a $46 million tax increase, (not me of course) to provide for yet another 3 parks and trails!  This sounds to me like Agenda 21 proposals!  For those that aren’t aware of what Agenda 21 is, it is a program under the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs: Division for Sustainable Development.  In short it is for depopulation, more parks, more open space, all in the name of protecting the environment.  There is much more to Agenda 21 but for this articles sake, I’ll stop there.

Apparently citizens have been coming to the county asking for more areas to play sports!  Well can’t we use our school property’s for that?  Aren’t public schools just that, public?  Or is the problem that we as a society become hopeful that our kids will become so talented that they rest their hopes on physical sport scholarships for college and not academic scholarships?  After all who needs a brain these days!

Also on November 6th, Salt Lake County voters ushered in Ben McAdams   as the next county mayor.  He  sat in on the meeting with Mayor Corroon, as this would affect his office next year.  During the same KNRS radio segment with Corroon, Mayor elect McAdams, said this was new to him and he’d have to take a serious look at the tax hike.  I do not believe that.  The Democrats first solution to money problems, is to raise taxes.  However to be fair, in the Deseret News piece McAdams stated “Anytime we’re looking at a tax increase, the first place we need to look is at efficiencies and cuts,” McAdams said. “Mayor Corroon, in his budget proposal, detailed some of the cuts that would be required to balance the budget, and he and the other elected officials determined that those cuts were too deep.”

But hold the presses, I found another interesting article in the Deseret News!  Exactly 11 months ago the headline printed was “A first: Property tax billings top $1B in Salt Lake County!”  Wow that should be great wonderful news!  And it was, fabulous news as Utah is struggling to pull through a recession that has lasted since ’08.  “Treasurer Wayne Cushing told the council his office sent out bills for $1,015,500,000 this year, up $24.5 million over 2010

So where is this money going?  That is the big question!  In going through 2011 Budegt Process for Fiscal 2012, there is one section that caught my eye: The Employee Service Reserve!  This portion of the budget provides County employees such benefits such as Statutory Benefits, Res-Early Retirment, Res- Wellness Program, and Res- Fitness Center.  The current Mayor proposed that budget for this one section: a whopping $97,239,041!  Wouldn’t this money be better spent on the parks and Rec centers!  That way we, the citizens of Salt Lake County,  wouldn’t have to pay twice for our government workers health!  (And thinking about it don’t we now pay for their health 3 times? Healthcare, County Health Wellness, and Rec. Centers?) I don’t know, it’s  just an observation!  And as far as early retirement, I believe the Obama health care mandate took care of that by limiting the work week to 30 hours, for all Americans.

I am sure more money could be shaved off the proposed budget for next year, especially now with yet another massive Recession coming upon us!  Peering off the tax cliff, the drop is much deeper than the 6000 foot drop in the deepest part of the Grand Canyon!

Perhaps I’m just a silly, selfish conservative trying to put more money in my pocket so that my kids can go to the zoo and museums!  With gas prices and taxes rising, I may have to tell my children that we’ll have plan another time.