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Because of the long-lasting effects of the Great Recession on City resources, combined with years of frugal budgeting, Salt Lake City now has significant unmet service needs. The result is deteriorating infrastructure, lack of affordable housing, and public safety concerns.

City leaders believe now is the time to control our own destiny and invest in critical needs like improved streets, affordable housing, better public transit and neighborhood safety. Over the past few years, the City studied these critical needs, developed comprehensive plans and identified revenue options.


1 Plan     2 Fund: Sales Tax     3 Fund: GO Bond     4 Implement

Step 1

Step 1: Plan

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City departments developed comprehensive plans to address and fund the City’s significant unmet service needs.

Click below to view the planning documents.

Improved Street Conditions
Pavement Condition Survey

Greater Housing Opportunities
Growing Salt Lake Housing Plan

Better Transit Service
Transit Master Plan

Increased Neighborhood Safety & Security
Police Department Strategic Plan

The City also studied funding options and identified two viable revenue sources to fund these critical needs: a 0.5 % sales tax increase and a General Obligation (GO) for voter approval. These new funding solutions allow the City to control our own destiny and invest in building a City that works for everyone.

Funding Strategy

Step 2

Step 2: Sales Tax

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The City Council’s recent approval of a 0.5% increase in the City’s portion of sales tax is the first part of a funding strategy to address critical needs. The City Council also recently adopted the Mayor’s Fiscal Year 2018-19 budget recommendations for allocating the new sales tax revenue.

Click here to read more about the Sales Tax

Step 3

Step 3: GO Bond for Voter Approval

Additional sales tax revenue will provide much-needed ongoing funds for public safety, transit service, affordable housing and street maintenance. But funding for capital-intensive street reconstruction projects is still needed.
To fund some of these significant road-construction needs, City leaders may ask voters to approve an $87 million General Obligation (GO) bond in November.

Click here to read more about the GO bond

Step 4

Step 4: Implement

Revenue generated through the sales tax increase will be tracked as a separate budget item every year. The Funding Our Future Dashboard can be used by residents to track how funding is being spent, project implementation and progress. If voters approve the GO bond in November, its projects and expenditures will also be tracked on the dashboard.

See the Funding Our Future Dashboard

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