On Tuesday, August 9, 2016, the Ogden City Council adopted the Fiscal Year 2017 budget, which includes the Mayor’s proposal for a property tax increase to more adequately fund public safety salaries and expenses. The approved 31% increase on the city’s property tax rate is offset by a General Obligation Bond that is expiring this year.
“We had a very difficult decision before us, and we appreciate the many residents who provided feedback throughout this process. This decision was not taken lightly,” Council Chair Marcia White said. “The Council’s decision is a foundation for us to begin to improve the fiscal health of our city both now and in the future. Our police officers and firefighters provide invaluable services, and the approved budget allows us to better compensate their efforts.”
Council discussions throughout the budget process focused on public safety, services and infrastructure, employee wages and benefits, community planning, parks and recreation programs and economic development.
The Council has identified the following legislative priorities that it will focus on in workgroups during the upcoming fiscal year:
- Active and Healthy Living;
- Community Outreach and Engagement;
- Cultivating Neighborhoods;
- Fiscal Sustainability and Transparency;
- Public Safety; and
An overview of the approved budget, along with guidelines and goals, is available on the Council’s website (click here).
For additional information, please contact Janene Eller-Smith, Ogden City Council Deputy Director, firstname.lastname@example.org; 801-629-8165.