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Planned North Temple makeover too taxing, property owners tell Salt Lake City Council

SALT LAKE CITY (Deseret News) — As officials prepare to move forward with plans for transforming North Temple into a "grand boulevard," some property owners along the road are upset about potentially footing some of the bill.

A special assessment area, which would run along North Temple from 400 West to 2400 West, would help raise about $17 million to pay for improvements along the street, but the cost could push some property owners out of business.

"This will not be a walkable street if you tax all these properties out of business," property owner Preston Menlove told the Salt Lake City Council on Tuesday.

Menlove was one of a handful of property owners to express concerns about the assessment area, which could cost property owners an extra $202 per frontage foot. With property from 1260 West to 1400 West, Menlove's bill could exceed $300,000 over the next decade, he said.

Gary Sandberg, who owns property across from the fairgrounds, called the fee "unfair" and ill-timed.

"This is really not the time for us," Sandberg said. "We are struggling right now to take care of our tax obligations."

Mayor Ralph Becker said the city's plans for the assessment area "reflect an enormous amount of public input," stemming from dozens of meetings over the past several months.


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