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Midvale City proposes 6 percent property tax increase

(Midvale Journal) -- The Midvale City Council approved a $30 million tentative budget for the 2010 fiscal year on May 5, down from the $41 million 2009 budget. Next year’s budget calls for a 6 percent increase in property taxes as well as a reduction of the city’s fund balance reserve to 8.5 percent to cover projected revenue shortfall.

The proposed increase means a Midvale homeowner with a $200,000 home, who currently pays $213 to the city for property tax, would see an increase of $13.

There also will be a 5 percent increase in water and sewer usage fees in Areas 1 and 2, which are located primarily west of State Street. This increase was approved in 2005 as part of the city’s master plan.

However, customers who have been receiving water service from Sandy City generally will see a decrease in their water rates effective June 1, said Laurie Harvey, assistant city manager and director of administrative services.

“Our top priority this year is to maintain our current workforce and service levels,” wrote Mayor JoAnn Seghini in a letter to the City Council. “I am happy to report that with this budget we were able to meet those goals.”

City officials project that sales tax revenues for the coming year will be down by 10 percent due to the economic recession. On the positive side, court revenues have increased over the past few months and there has been a significant increase in requests for building permits, which has resulted in greater-than-anticipated revenues. Original Article