Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Salt Lake City considering raising the sales tax and a new General Obligation bond?


Why now? 


How will this improve quality of life for those in Salt Lake City?


How long has this initiative been considered by the Mayor and Council?


How did the City get so far behind in revenue generation?


What revenue options are being considered?


Who is paying for the sales tax increase?


What items will be exempt from the additional sales tax?


When was the last time SLC raised the sales tax?


What growth costs are covered with a sales tax increase?


How does Salt Lake City’s sales tax currently compare to other Utah cities?


Will the sales tax negatively impact retail businesses?


Can’t the City trim the budget or just cut out “fat” and unneeded services?


I really want details! What would additional revenue be used for?


What can the City do to affect change in the area of affordable housing?


We’ve heard that the City has already hired additional police officers. How is the City paying for them?


Won’t a sales tax increase hit lower-income and fixed-income residents the hardest?


Why are leaders considering a sales tax increase?


Is this prompted by recent legislative actions affecting the City’s Northwest Quadrant?


How is this related to the state’s construction of a new state prison in the Northwest Quadrant?


What is included in the “grocery” exception?


How can residents be assured that this revenue is being used for the needs identified?


Will residents have additional opportunities to provide feedback on how sales tax revenue is used?


Why can’t the city use impact fees to pay for these needs?


Can the city increase or decrease the amount of the sales tax increase?


Why can’t the city generate revenue through other avenues like raising hospitality fees or starting a lottery?


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