KAYSVILLE — A public hearing on the city budget, which includes a proposal to increase the city’s portion of property taxes 102 percent, is scheduled for Tuesday, June 17, beginning at 6 p.m.
The increase is necessary to fund additional staffing in the police and fire departments, and to make payments toward the bond on a new police station, according to city leaders.
It it also necessary, in part, because the passage of Proposition 5 last November prohibits the transfer of funds from the city’s electric utility fund to the city’s general fund, said officials.
City leaders have emphasized that the city’s property tax rate, which is now the 14th lowest rate of 15 cities, will rank at the eighth lowest if the budget passes as written.
Opponents of the increase have criticized the city for raising salaries and for bonding for a new police station and beginning construction without a city vote.
The proposed budget includes a 1.5 percent cost of living increase if departments choose to grant it, and a 4.5 increase for eligible employees based on merit. The police station bond makes an additional annual payment of $425,000 necessary.
One critic said the average Kaysville citizen feels “betrayed,” another said the process “seems a little backwards.”
City leaders defended the increase, calling it fiscally responsible and necessary for public safety.
The hearing will take place at city hall, 23 E. Center.