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SLC property tax increase battle

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - A battle is brewing in Salt Lake City over property taxes. The City Council wants an increase. Mayor Ralph Becker does not.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - A battle is brewing in Salt Lake City over property taxes. The City Council wants an increase. Mayor Ralph Becker does not.

It all comes down to $8 million dollars to repair Salt Lake City roads and bridges.

The City Council says the repairs are needed now, but the Mayor says his City is in better shape than most other cities and towns in Utah and the Nation.

A Salt Lake City homeowner would pay $67.23 more in property taxes for a home worth $247,556.

ABC 4 Utah asked citizens whether they think citizens should pay more to pay for road and bridge repairs.

"You have to keep that going.  You can't let things decay like your roads and bridges.  It's a reasonable property tax hike to me," said Dan Shumway, from Salt Lake City.

Others are satisfied with Mayor Beckers veto.

"I'm happy he did even though I don't think it's going to be the final answer," said Bryant Cash, from Salt Lake City.

The City Council can override the the Mayors veto with a vote of at least five votes or more.

Bond's contacts with the City Council and Mayor's office expect the City Council to override the Mayor's veto with the five needed votes. 

Therefore, property taxes are likely going up in Salt Lake City.

The City Council could make the vote June 21.



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