Millcreek's property taxes are the same as last year, despite the increases many of us saw in our recent tax notices
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UPCOMING MEETINGS


City Council
Monday, 8/7/17
LOCATION CHANGE: Bud Bailey Apartments, 3983 South West Temple (directions in agenda below)
Work session 4 PM
Regular meeting 7 PM
See agenda below

Planning Commission
Tuesday, 8/8/17, 5 PM
See agenda below

Envision Committee
Wednesday, 8/9/17, 6 PM, City Office

BUSINESS LICENSES
Millcreek business licenses issued July 24-28. Many thanks!

Crime Statistics for
July can be found here.


This week's traffic jam update is below.

 
 

NEWS

 


Police and Granite School Increases Have Upped Your Property Taxes


MILLCREEK. A big topic on social media this week has been the property tax notices we all received in the mail. Most of us will be paying more this year, but contrary to some opinions, it's not because Millcreek incorporated.

The biggest two increases in our property taxes are due to to the Salt Lake Valley Law Enforcement District (SLVLESA) (the taxing district that funds the Unified Police Department) and to Granite School District. Their proposed rate increases are 9% and 15% respectively. Dollarwise, on the notice above, you see the taxpayer paying $50.97 more to SLVLESA and $194.70 more to the Granite School District. These increases eclipse the total of the remaining proposed increased taxes. (SLVLESA's explanation for the increase is here.  For an explanation for the school district increase, click here.).

The line for "Millcreek City" shows a .000680 tax rate, with a 0% increase in dollars collected. This is the same tax identified in last year's notice as "SL County Municipal SVCE"). ("SVCE" is an abbreviation for "service".) That tax was transferred to Millcreek after we incorporated. The rate was certified by the state tax commission and the County as being Millcreek's portion of the tax the County collected last year. 
(The remaining fees charged by Salt Lake County on your tax notice are assessed county-wide, and were not transferred to Millcreek. Click here for the County's adjusted 2017 budget.)
How our individual property taxes can go up or down is complicated. Utah law requires taxing entities (cities, schools, counties, districts) to collect only the same amount of property tax as they did the year before. That means that the only way the taxing entity can collect more money is to hold a public hearing to explain the proposed rate increase and hear what the taxpayers have to say about that. See generally, Utah Code Title 52, Chapter 2, Part 2 and Part 3. That's the "Truth in Taxation" process we've all heard about. (Our opportunities to weigh in on this year's proposed increases are the meetings shown in the last column of our tax notice.)

Each individual tax bill has also likely changed because of the revaluation of our properties. Absent a Truth in Taxation hearing as described above, each taxing entity can collect only the same total amount of property tax as it did the year before. That means if property values as a whole rise, the tax rate charged on all properties must be reduced. Otherwise, the total tax collected would go up. But individual properties rise or drop in value at different frequencies. As a result, applying the new tax rate to all of the properties within the taxing district can result in higher property taxes for one home and lower taxes for another. 
llustration: A taxing entity charges a .0100000 (1%) tax rate. A home valued at $400,000 pays $4,000. Another home valued at $150,000, pays $1,500. Combined, the taxing entity has raised a total of $5,500 from these two homes.
The next year, the first home's value increases to $500,000 and the second home is now valued at $160,000. To generate the same $5,500, the taxing entity's rate must be reduced to .0083333 (calculated by dividing 5,500 by 660,000). While both homes have increased in value, the law redistributes who pays what. The first home's property tax is increased to $4,167 ($500,000 multiplied by .008333), while the second home's property tax is decreased to $1,333 ($160,000 times .008333). In spite of these individual fluctuations, the taxing entity still receives only $5,500 and there has been no tax increase.
Applying these principles to thousands of homes across our city, with more than a dozen entities collecting taxes, you can see why your individual property taxes change from year to year, sometimes dramatically. However, any change this year is not due to the City Council. Millcreek has not raised property taxes, but is collecting only the same amount that all Millcreek taxpayers collectively paid to the County last year for "Municipal Service."

JOB OPENINGS


MILLCREEK. We are looking for someone to hire as a director of Planning and Community Development. This will be an important position in our community. S/he will plan, organize, direct and integrate the City's planning programs and services. Click here to see the job posting.

We are also looking to replace our temporary volunteer Acting City Recorder with a full-time person. Click here to see this job posting
No Food Trucks or Family Events Tonight-But Come See the Movie in Evergreen Park
Registration for this VentureOut Signature Event has closed, but come see the movie, The Hundred Foot Journey, in Evergreen Park.
The Hundred Foot Journey tells the story of a family that opens a restaurant directly across the road from an upscale eatery. The resulting rivalry escalates in intensity until it goes too far. In the end, there is a bridging of sides, which encourages an understanding that changes both parties forever.
See the Millcreek Half-Off Special for this Event!

I-80/I-215 Lane Closures


MILLCREEK.  The lane closures continue, but the big news this week doesn't happen this week. Later this month, there will be two full weekends, currently set for August 21st and 28th, where I-80 eastbound and westbound will both be closed, starting at 9 pm Friday and reopening on the following Monday by 5 am. We'll have more information and maps next week. In the meantime, here is UDOT's newsletter.
Mayor Jeff Silvestrini and Janice Kimball, Executive Director of Salt Lake County Housing Authority, meet with kids who live in the Bud Bailey Apartments. We are exploring opportunities for Millcreek to assist in tutoring and after-school care and activities.

VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE


MILLCREEK.  To add variety and get the City Council out into the community, we will be meeting in various places throughout Millcreek in the next few weeks. On this coming Monday, August 7th, our meeting will take place at the Bud Bailey Apartments, 3983 South West Temple, in the large classroom on the ground level in the Clubhouse (building C). There should be ample visitor parking in the lot next to the clubhouse. Entering via the Main Street entrance on the east side of the complex will take you to this lot.

Keep an eye on this newsletter, or check out the front page of the website, to stay apprised of the locations of our remaining August meetings.
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City Council Agenda
Monday, August 7, 2017
 
REMINDER: The MEETING THIS WEEK IS NOT AT THE CITY OFFICES ON 500 EAST

Notice is Hereby Given that the Millcreek City Council shall assemble for a meeting at the Bud Bailey Apartments, 3983 South West Temple, in the large classroom on the ground level in the Clubhouse (building C). There should be ample visitor parking in the lot next to the Clubhouse. Enter via the Main Street entrance on the east side of the complex.
 
4:00 PM - WORK SESSION
 
     1.  Report by Salt Lake County Engineering, Madeline Francisco-Galang, and discussion about capital projects (1 hour) 

     2   Presentation by Logan Simpson Design on general plan process (1 hour) 

     3.  Discussion about Salt Lake County’s Walk Millcreek Guidance Manual (15 min.) 

     4.  Ongoing discussion of municipal priorities (5 min.) 

     5.  Discussion of new items for subsequent consideration (10 min.) 

6:30 PM - BREAK: Dinner for Council provided this week by Community Relations Director Rita Lund
 
7:00 PM - REGULAR MEETING:
 
1. Call to Order

1.1. Pledge of Allegiance

1.2. Approval of Minutes for 7/31/17 meeting
 
2. Public Comment
 
Audience members may bring any item to the Mayor and Council's attention.Comments are subject to the Public Comment and Policy set forth below.State Law prohibits the Council from acting on items that do not appear on the agenda.
 
 3. Reports

3.1 Report of the Mayor

3.2 Reports of City Council members

3.3 Report of City Manager

3.4 Report by the Unified Police Department

3.5 Report by the Unified Fire Authority
 
4. Appointments
 
5. Consent Agenda
 
6. Planning Matters

6.1 Discussion and consideration of Resolution No. 17-___ -  authorizing and directing the Mayor to enter into a contract with John Jansen for planning services

6.2 Discussion and consideration of Ord. No. 17-__ - amending Sections 19.04,095, 19.76,190, and 19.76,200 regarding the definition of “height of building.”  A copy of the staff report can be found here.
 
7. Financial Matters

7.1   Discussion and consideration of Resolution No. 17-___ - renewing contract with Dave Sanderson for financial matters

7.2   End of Fiscal Year 2017 Financial Report by Dave Sanderson

      8.  Other Matters

8.1 Discussion and consideration of Ord 17-__ - amending section 14.12.020 of the Millcreek Code of Ordinances adding new roadway standards

8.2  Discussion and consideration of Ord No. 17-___ - amending section 14.12.025 of the Millcreek Code of Ordinances adopting new curb, ramp, and sidewalk standards and adding section 14.12.027 of the Millcreek Code an ordinance amending Section 14.12.025 of the Millcreek Code of Ordinances adopting a provision to provide for City financial participation with respect to residential properties for limited installation of new sidewalks and the repair of defective sidewalks within the City subject to availability of funds.

8.3 Discussion and consideration of Ord No. 17-___ - adopting a telecommuni­ca­tions right-of-way

8.4 Discussion and consideration of Resolution No. 17-___ - approving the renewal of a civil legal contract with John H. Brems
 
 9.  New Items for Subsequent Consideration

10.  Calendar of Upcoming Events

Planning Commission, August 8, 2017, 5 PM to 7 PM; Special Work Meeting; Salt Lake County Government Center, 2001 S. State, N3-600
 
Envision Committee, August 9, 2017, 6 PM, Kick-off General Plan; 3932 South 500 East
 
City Council, August 14, 2017, TBA work meeting, 7 PM regular meeting, location TBA
 
11. Closed Session (If Needed)
 
The Council may convene in a closed session
 
12.  Adjournment
 
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Millcreek will make reasonable accommodation for participation in the meeting. Request assistance by contacting Leslie Van Frank, 801-214-2706, at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.
 
Public Comment Policy and Procedure: The purpose of public comment is to allow citizens to address items on the agenda. Citizens requesting to address the commission may be asked to complete a written comment form and present it to the acting city recorder. In general, the chair will allow an individual two minutes to address the Council. A spokesperson, recognized as representing a group in attendance, may be allowed up to five minutes. At the conclusion of the citizen comment time, the chair may direct staff to assist the citizen on the issue presented; direct the citizen to the proper administrative department(s); or take no action. This policy also applies to all public hearings. Citizens may also submit written requests (outlining their issue) for an item to be considered at a future council meeting. The chair may place the item on the agenda under citizen comments; direct staff to assist the citizen; direct the citizen to the proper administrative departments; or take no action.
 
Leslie Van Frank, acting City Recorder, hereby certifies the foregoing agenda was emailed to at least one a media correspondent, was posted on the Utah State Public Notice website and on Millcreek’s website at http://millcreek.utah.gov, and was posted at the Mt. Olympus Improvement District Offices located at 3932 South 500 East Millcreek, Utah.  Posted and dated on or before the 6th day of August, 2017.  /s/ Leslie Van Frank, Acting City Recorder
Planning Commission Agenda
Tuesday, August 8, 5:00 PM

 
           
Notice is hereby given that the Millcreek Planning Commission will hold a public meeting at the Salt Lake County Government Center, 2001 South State St., Rm. N3-600.

Purpose of Meeting:  A work session to discuss:

      Manufacturing zones draft rewrite discussion

      Fence ordinance draft discussion

      R-M High Residential Zone Ordinance introduction

Important notice: public testimony will not be allowed at this meeting.

Agenda:

Manufacturing zones draft rewrite 
   Review and discussion of public testimony from July 19 public hearing
   Review and discussion of revised draft as presented by staff
   Instructions to staff, if any, in anticipation of the August 16, 2017 public hearing

Fencing Ordinance Draft 
   Staff presentation as respects draft fencing ordinance
   Discussion

R-M Residential Zone Ordinance rewrite 
   Introduction by staff
   Discussion

**ADJOURN**

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Millcreek will make reasonable accommodation for participation in the meeting. Request assistance by contacting Leslie Van Frank, 801-214-2706, at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.
 
Leslie Van Frank, acting City Recorder, hereby certifies the foregoing agenda was emailed to at least one a media correspondent, was posted on the Utah State Public Notice website and on Millcreek’s website at http://millcreek.utah.gov,, and was posted at the Mt. Olympus Improvement District Offices located at 3932 South 500 East Millcreek, Utah.  Posted and dated on or before the 4th day of August, 2017.  /s/ Leslie Van Frank, Acting City Recorder.
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