February 21, 2020 — All of the most recent quarterly updates are live on the Funding Our Future website, check out the progress in the critical need areas! Read on to learn more about recent and upcoming engagement on Funding Our Future programs and projects.
With the Clear the Air Challenge a little more than halfway over, now is the perfect time to learn more and submit your thoughts about the Frequent Transit Network (FTN). Transportation emissions cause nearly 50% of the pollutants that become trapped in our airshed during inversions, so finding ways to get out of the car really makes a difference! This is why Salt Lake City continues to invest in programs that make using transit easier and more affordable for residents. If you haven’t already heard, the FTN is a partnership between Salt Lake City and UTA (supported by Funding Our Future sales tax revenue) which has funded bus routes 2, 9, and 21 to now provide frequent, early morning, late night, and Sunday service. Salt Lake City hosted a Facebook Live Q&A about the FTN in January. Tell us what YOU think about the FTN (and what you would name it) by taking the survey here!
Following in the footsteps of the other Facebook Lives, Salt Lake City Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND) will be hosting a virtual workshop of their own in April, which is Fair Housing Month. Stay tuned for more details about this Facebook Live focused on affordable housing and the many housing programs that Funding Our Future sales tax revenue supports. Also, the Census, which determines funding for housing programs and so much more, is coming to SLC—make sure that you and everyone in our community is counted! Whether you’re a renter, from another country, or a student, if you live in our community then you should count. You can also still apply to work for the Census, Spanish speakers and noncitizens are encouraged to apply!
Because of Funding Our Future sales tax revenue, the Salt Lake City Police Department (SLCPD) was able to fund 50 new patrol officers to support the community policing model that residents requested. This is the current status of those officers:
-23 have completed the police academy and Field Training Officer Program (FTO)
-1 was a rehire, no academy or FTO required
-13 have completed the academy and are currently in FTO
-13 will complete the academy in March 2020 and will move to FTO
SLCPD is also updating their police beats. A new police beats map will be released later this spring.