They say the tax increase is 100%. I just received our tax notice this week and
our police fee is just over $500! WHAT??? That is well over a 100% increase.
Overall, with the sanitation fee increase, our taxes this year alone increased
over $600. I'd much rather pay the stupid $140 police fee vs a $500 police
enforcement tax. The truth in taxation hearing this evening was a JOKE. The 100+
property owners in attendance weren't really heard. The board passed it
because they already spent the money in the budget. Once again, reckless
spending from out government leaders. Pathetic.
We are the most axed country in the world and you know why? Because we have
incompetence in government! They can't keep their fingers out of the cookie
jar telling us we absolutely need this and we don't! I'm sure most of
us are beyond the point of fed up with the governments actions.
Salt Lake County should have stayed with the Sheriff's deputies doing
patrolling. It made no sense to put the same officers in different uniforms,
with different decals on the same cars, doing the same work.Anybody
ever ask a UPD police officer if he/she liked the change? Thank goodness I live
in Murray where we don't have to deal with their nonsense.
Residents in unincorprated Salt Lake County and the UPD District are subsidizing
the cities that are contractign with the UPD. Taylorsville and others are
getting sweetheart deals to lure them in while other residents pay. Once the
county goes wall to wall cities all the contract cities will get a rude
awakening as the costs are distributed more evenly. By then it will be too late
to undo the damage. When Sen. Jenkins sponsored the bill to give the UPD taxing
authority he was promised that no large tax increases were on the horizon and he
was foolish enough to believe it...so here we are.
Well, folks, this is WHAT TAXES ARE FOR!! Police and Fire Protection are core
governmental responsibilities. If you want to reduce taxes, get rid of all the
fluff like hiking trails, libraries, recreation centers, etc----all things that
the private sector can provide and that are paid for by individual users, not
the ENTIRE population, many of whom don't need those items. Cut local
government to the bone and only allow them to provide their core services:
Sewer, Water, Garbage, Police, Fire. Take all the warm-and-fuzzy stuff such as
recycling, sustainable green buildings and regulations, etc away from the
general public and privatize it. Make private schools available to compete with
"government schools." Then require your leaders to CUT taxes
accordingly. Government NEVER was supposed to be everything for everybody
except in Europe, Cuba, China, Iran and the Soviet Union.
This tax was nonexistent before the Salt Lake County Sheriff's deputies
were replaced by UPD? I think it is safe to say the American citizens are
paying far more than their fair share of taxes ..... and getting very little
value for their dollar.
I think the police department better get informed. There services are taxed to
the home and property owners taxes as service taxes that are collected and
distributed by the county and city governments. It is against the law for a
public service to tax separately for their services that are already included as
property tax assessments.Why aren't the legislators getting
involved, it is their responsibility to regulate and control taxes, not the
police departments in unconstitutional taxation without representation. If the
dog catcher, mayor, secretary, etc is not happy with his income does he have the
right to add a tax to give himslef a raise? The police are totally irresponsible
and illegal in this tax. State and federal laws prohibit this king of obscene
behavior from any government paid agency.