August 2022 Funding Our Future Updates

September is around the corner, which means it’s time to send our children back to school and our pen-pals “bouquets of newly sharpened pencils” (at least according to Tom Hanks in You’ve Got Mail). Salt Lake City spent the month of August preparing to make this school year safer and easier for both students and parents. From transit passes to the new Safe Passage Initiative, read on for August’s housing, transit, streets and safety update

Housing Update

Salt Lake City is one step closer to the opening of the Other Side Village!  This month, Salt Lake City leaders toured a prototype of the tiny home that will eventually populate the planned tiny home community on Indiana Avenue.

The tiny home village, officially called the Other Side Village, will serve chronically-homeless community members. In addition to housing, other services and amenities will be provided on-site.

For more information on the building, funding and planning of the community, head to the Other Side Academy’s website.

Safety Update

In an effort to make back-to-school butterflies the biggest obstacle children face as they head to school, the Salt Lake City Police Department is partnering with three SLC schools on a new Safe Passage Initiative.

Police officers will increase their presence along routes used to get to Backman Elementary, Jackson Elementary and Horizonte Instruction and Training Center. They will be on foot, bikes and in marked PD vehicles.

Watch the short press conference for more details.

Transit Update

On August 11th, students and community leaders gathered at East High School to announce the official rollout of transit passes for all K-12 Salt Lake School District students.

Passes will be provided to students, teachers and staff through their schools and can be used on a variety of services, including buses, TRAX, the S-Line and UTA On-Demand.

Visit UTA’s website for more information.

Streets Update

If you’ve driven through the Ballpark neighborhood recently, you’ve probably noticed road work occurring on Main Street. Surface work is being performed between 700 South and 2100 South to prolong the life of the road.

In addition to basic maintenance, SLC is adding painted bikes lanes to the road to promote greater safety for cyclists in the area. The upgrades to the road will pave the way for transformational future projects, including the potential for protected bike lanes, public art, and wider sidewalks.

Learn more at the Life on State website.

July 2022 Funding Our Future Update

 

July 30th, 2022 We hope you enjoyed a a safe and festive July! Between parades and laser light nights, Salt Lakers has been busy for the past few weeks. Salt Lake City has also been busy working towards our housing, safety, transit and streets goals. 

Read on to learn how the Salt Lake City team spent July. 

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June 2022 Funding Our Future Update

 

June 30th, 2022 This month’s update starts with a tongue-twister: a freshly-formal fifth Funding Our Future focus area! That’s right, the Salt Lake City Council approved the use of Funding Our Future sales tax dollars on another important item: parks and public lands maintenance.

Housing, safety, streets and transit projects will continue to be funded by Funding Our Future sales tax revenue – and street reconstruction projects will continue to be funded by the General Obligation bond. 

The 8.7 million dollar projected growth in sales tax revenue allows Salt Lake City to allocate 2 million dollars from Funding Our Future revenue to parks maintenance without taking funds dedicated to housing, safety, streets and transit. 

Stay tuned for more on how parks and public lands will benefit from Funding Our Future. Read on for other June highlights. 

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May 2022 Funding Our Future Update

May 26, 2022 – Salt Lake City’s budget season is in full swing! On May 3rd, Mayor Mendenhall proposed her FY 22-23 budget to the City Council. The Mayor proposed using Funding Our Future sales tax dollars on parks maintenance in addition to housing, transportation, streets and safety. The City Council has until June 30 to approve the recommendation, as well as the final budget.

 Learn more about the budget here (in English) or here (en Español) and read on for other Funding Our Future updates.

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