Voting in SLC

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6, 2018

 

Voter Information Pamphlet
Voter Information Pamphlet in English

Folleto Informativo Para El Votante en Español

 

Vote by Mail
Vote-by-mail ballots will be mailed on October 8 to all registered voters.

  • Ballots must be postmarked no later than Monday, November 5, 2018
  • Ballots can be returned in person at a Vote Center or Drop Box (see below for locations)

 

Early Voting Locations 
In-person early voting is October 23, 2018 – November 2, 2018

Salt Lake County Government Center
2001 South State Street, South Building, 1st Floor
County Clerk’s Office, Room S1-200
Salt Lake City, UT 84190
Tuesday, October 23 through Monday November 5 (weekdays)
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Trolley Square
600 South 700 East, #D-117
Salt Lake City, UT 84102
Wednesday, October 31; Thursday, November 1; Friday, November 2
2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Trolley Square
600 South 700 East, #D-117
Salt Lake City, UT 84102
Monday, November 5
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Vote Centers in Salt Lake City
All locations are open Tuesday, November 6, 2018 from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

 

View all Salt Lake County vote centers

Eligible voters may vote at any Salt Lake County voting location.

Salt Lake County provides options for accessible voting, for questions and ADA or accessibility accommodations, contact: 385-468-7405 or got-vote@slco.org.

Voter Registration

Check your voter registration status

Questions about Salt Lake City Elections contact?
Call 801-535-7671 or email elections@slcgov.com

 

Ballot Language

The language that appears on the ballot is required by law and can sometimes be confusing. To help clarify the different sections, we have created a helpful graphic that explains what the ballot says and what it means (click the image to see more).

English

OFFICIAL BALLOT FOR

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH

SPECIAL BOND ELECTION
Streets Reconstruction Bond

Shall Salt Lake City, Utah, be authorized to issue General Obligation Bonds in a principal amount not to exceed $87,000,000 and to mature in no more than 21 years from the date or dates of issuance; such bonds will be issued in accordance with Utah law solely to pay all or a portion of the costs to improve various streets and roads throughout the City and related infrastructure improvements.

Property Tax Cost of Bonds:

If the bonds are issued as planned, without regard to the taxes currently levied to pay outstanding bonds that will decrease over time, an annual property tax to pay debt service on the proposed bonds will be required over a period of 20 years in the estimated amount of $48.02 per year on a primary residence with the Salt Lake City average value of $339,500 and in the estimated amount of $87.30 per year on a business or secondary residence having the same value.

The City currently levies property taxes to pay debt service on other outstanding general obligation bonds that have been issued to finance voter approved projects, including bonds for two projects (the Main Library and the Leonardo) that will be paid off in 2019. The incremental property taxes would decrease upon the repayment of the currently outstanding bonds, but the decrease will not occur if the proposed bonds are issued. Taking into account the repayment of the outstanding bonds, the City expects that the issuance of the proposed bonds, in the manner currently expected, will result in no net increase to current annual property tax levels for the repayment of bonds.

The foregoing information is only an estimate and not a limit on the amount of taxes that the City may be required to levy to pay debt service on the bonds. The City is obligated to levy taxes to the extent provided by law in order to pay the bonds. The amounts are based on various assumptions and estimates, including debt service on the bonds and taxable values of property in the City.

Spanish

PAPELETA OFICIAL DE VOTACIÓN PARA

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH

ELECCIÓN DEL BONO ESPECIAL
Bono para reconstrucción de calles

Se propone autorizar a Salt Lake City, Utah, a emitir Bonos de Obligación General por un monto de capital que no exceda los $87,000,000 y que venzan en un máximo de 21 años a partir de la fecha o fechas de emisión. Dichos bonos se emitirán de acuerdo con la ley de Utah, únicamente para pagar la totalidad o una parte de los costos para mejorar varias calles y carreteras en toda la ciudad, así como las mejoras de infraestructura relacionadas.

Costo del Impuesto a la propiedad de los Bonos:

Si los bonos se emiten según lo planificado, independientemente de los impuestos gravados actualmente para pagar los bonos vigentes que disminuirán con el tiempo, se requerirá un impuesto anual a la propiedad para pagar el servicio de la deuda sobre los bonos propuestos durante un período de 20 años en la cantidad estimada de $48.02 por año, para una residencia principal con el valor promedio de Salt Lake City de $339,500, y en la cantidad estimada de $87.30 por año para un local comercial o residencia secundaria que tenga el mismo valor.

La ciudad actualmente tributa impuestos a la propiedad para pagar el servicio de la deuda de otros bonos pendientes de obligación general que se han emitido para financiar proyectos aprobados por los votantes, incluyendo bonos para dos proyectos (la Biblioteca Principal y el Leonardo) que se terminarán de pagar en 2019. Los impuestos graduales a la propiedad disminuirían con el pago de los bonos actualmente pendientes, pero la disminución no ocurrirá si se emiten los bonos propuestos. Teniendo en cuenta el pago de los bonos pendientes, la ciudad espera que la emisión de los bonos propuestos, de la manera que se espera actualmente, no resultará en un aumento neto de los niveles actuales de impuestos anuales a la propiedad para el pago de bonos.

La información anterior es solo un cálculo aproximado y no un límite en la cantidad de impuestos que la ciudad requiere se tributen para pagar el servicio de la deuda de los bonos. La ciudad está obligada a recaudar impuestos en la medida en que lo permita la ley para pagar los bonos. Los montos se basan en varias suposiciones y cálculos, incluyendo el servicio de la deuda de los bonos y los valores gravables a la propiedad en la ciudad.

Argument For the Streets Reconstruction Bond

This November, we are asking City voters to approve an $87-million Streets Reconstruction General Obligation bond. Bonding is a common way local governments pay for expensive projects like road reconstruction and civic buildings. It’s also one of the most accountable funding options available, since State law requires the funds be spent only for the purpose outlined on the ballot.

Salt Lake City is poised for continued prosperity, making now the time to take advantage of a rare and affordable funding option. This bond will invest in the street network – the backbone of our local economy – by reconstructing some of the worst roads.

Many of our roads must be rebuilt- they are past the point of maintenance or repairs. A year ago, an in-depth pavement condition survey found nearly two-thirds of the City’s streets are in poor or worse condition.

Fortunately, the time is right to act and make a big impact on our street reconstruction needs, with minimal impact to household budgets. Two current bonds, for the new Main Library (1999) and the Leonardo museum project (2009), will be paid off in 2019. That gives voters the rare opportunity to approve a new bond for street reconstruction without significantly increasing property taxes overall. The owner of a home valued at the Citywide average of $339,500 would see a net property tax increase of just $0 to $5 a year. Since bonds will be issued over several years, some property owners won’t see any net impact at all. Commercial property taxes are calculated differently; they would increase by $25.72 a year per $100,000 of taxable value.

Not approving the bond would lower taxes on an average-value home by about $41 a year, but our roads would continue their decline, and cost even more in future years to rebuild. The upfront costs of street reconstruction projects are so high, the City can’t save up enough to address them without cutting other critical services.

Bond funds will be spent over several years to reconstruct the worst streets first. Eighty percent of funding would go to major roads in the worst shape and 20 percent split among neighborhood streets in each City Council district. Although the bond funds won’t be sufficient to reconstruct all roads, we can make significant progress.

Individual street selection will be based primarily on data from the pavement condition survey, with consideration given to other factors like master plans and other projects.

Given their importance in our daily lives and our economy, we have little choice but to repair our roads. Regardless of where in the City you live and whether you travel by foot, bike, or vehicle, we all use our streets and have a stake in ensuring they meet our needs.

Invest in our future and don’t let crumbling roads detour our City’s success. Vote YES on the Streets Reconstruction Bond.

Salt Lake City Council & Mayor

Rebuttal Argument

It is true that Salt Lake City streets need improvement, but not through this proposed bond. Since the argument for the bond states, “Bond funds would be spent over several years …” it is clear the projects do not have the funding urgency suggested in the proposal. A more responsible way to do this is to sideline less important budget items and making the necessary improvements over time.

Because the bond funding would be designated strictly for road projects, it would provide the city with another excuse to divert its current road funding to other areas. An earlier $5 million property tax increase for road repairs was used for employee raises instead. (Salt Lake Tribune Feb. 2, 2017, “Salt Lake City Council wants to pay for street improvements but how.”). This year we have already been saddled with a sales tax increase that was intended to be used partially for roads.

The argument that this proposed bond would take the place of two other bonds scheduled to be paid off in 2019 suggests the attitude that bond funding may be treated as a permanent tax increase with ongoing renewals. There is no commitment to reducing the city’s ongoing indebtedness or our tax burden. Since the argument in favor states that “the bonds won’t be sufficient to reconstruct all roads,” we are already being prepped for additional requests.

Vote no on the Streets Reconstruction bond.

Argument Against the Streets Reconstruction Bond

While we agree that Salt Lake City needs road projects, this one is shortsighted and will cost much more in the long run as a haphazard, small project approach. We believe the city needs to present a complete plan with full disclosure to the public for evaluation. This bond will merely lead to many more over the next decade as the city will repeatedly come back for additional piecemeal funding.

There are a number of issues with the issuance and additional indebtedness proposed to be taken on by the citizens of Salt Lake City.

While this bond issue will increase our general obligation debt by 64%, it is still insufficient to fund the needs claimed by the city. Consider that the 13th East project, budgeted at $14 million, is only 1.12 miles long, $12.5 million per mile. At that rate, the bond would cover less than seven miles of street repairs.

There is no comprehensive plan for the use of these funds. While the city has laid out an algorithm to choose which streets will receive reconstruction, the proposal is that bonds will likely be issued as projects are identified in several stages. The public should know the entirety of the project before voting on it.

These bonds are budgeting slight-of-hand. The city has consistently reduced parts of the capital budget since the end of the recession, including the amount budgeted for street reconstruction from $13.4 million in 2017 to a proposed $8.9 million in 2019. The contribution of General Fund dollars to the Capital Improvement Program has declined 3.8% from fiscal year 2016 through fiscal year 2018. While sales taxes were just increased by $33 million per year, only $4 million of this is being allocated to street reconstruction. The city is reallocating necessary budgets and then making it up by asking us for $87 million to cover priorities.

The city has not upheld the commitments made to voters on past bond obligations. For instance, when the bonds for our basketball arena were paid, it was expected that property taxes would be reduced to reflect the lower debt service. Instead, those funds were redirected to fund the new theater downtown. In this way city leaders maintained the debt and built the theater without public approval. We expect that if these bonds are approved we will owe these funds forever as one project after another receives rollover after rollover without public approval. Do not believe the promised ten-year term.

For all these reasons, vote no on the street reconstruction bonds. Make the city deal honestly with its citizens.

Frank A. Langheinrich, Salt Lake City Resident

Rebuttal Argument

The argument against the bond does not match the facts and data publicly available from the City. The City increased ongoing funding to the Capital Improvement Program by 19.5% over the past four years, and honored projects funded by past general obligation bonds, which are legally-binding, voter-decided funding tools. Current and future City leaders legally can’t spend this bond funding on anything but streets reconstruction, as specified on the ballot.

What’s more, the City does have a comprehensive plan. The City’s 2017 Pavement Condition report identified the lowest-rated roads needing reconstruction. $69.6 million of the bond would be allocated for major roads and $17.4 million for local streets throughout the City. The bond is based on a plan prioritizing data-driven selection.

While the bond won’t solve every road need citywide, it will address about 20% of the most critical – a significant improvement drivers all over the City would benefit from. Currently, full road reconstruction averages a cost of $500,000 per lane mile for asphalt. Maintaining roads costs much less – $9,000 – $14,000 per lane mile, so the City allocated several million dollars from ongoing City funds (not bonds) to expand maintenance crews and keep our roads from declining to this point again.

If the bond passes, the City will be using 11.4% of the general obligation bond “credit card” (debt limit). The City arrived here through a transparent process consisting of 15 open houses, 13 public briefings, two public hearings and one citywide mailing

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