• Brooke D'Sousa

My view on the Tax Increase

Many of you have reached out to ask my position on the proposed 34% property tax increase. I appreciate the question because it should be considered when deciding where to place your vote for Sandy City Council District 4.

To answer the question directly, I do not support the tax increase of 34%. I have been to all city council meetings where I heard presentations from all department heads, and supporting information was not provided nor requested to substantiate their claims of need. The proposed budget also includes more than $500,000 in one-time expenses. I don’t believe raising taxes that will be collected year over year for a one-time expense is the responsible solution.

Sandy has been a very well run and managed city for years and I would like to see that continue. I fully support maintaining the quality of life and amenities we currently enjoy, and will review all stated needs, but I want to see the data that supports these requests, and exhaust other avenues for additional funding (including making cuts where possible) before ever agreeing to a property tax increase. I'm concerned for the precedent this large increase may set and raising taxes should be a measure of last resort. I don't think we're there yet.

Sandy City will hold a Truth in Taxation hearing on Tuesday, August 13th at 6 p.m. at City Hall where you can come and voice your support for, or opposition to the property tax increase.

June 4, 2019.

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