Sl County residents angry about police tax

Tuesday , March 18, 2014 - 2:27 PM


SALT LAKE CITY— Salt Lake valley residents are upset about proposal to pay for police services with a property tax instead of the flat fee they’ve been paying.

Several dozen people criticized the change during a meeting that the Salt Lake Tribune reportsbecame at times rowdy Thursday evening.

The change affects property owners in unincorporated Salt Lake County, Herriman, and Riverton.

Some residents will be paying slightly less with the property tax than with the flat fee, but other homeowners will pay more in taxes than the fee they’re paying now.

Utah lawmakers outlawed the fee because of unhappy voters. Salt Lake County Council officials say the tax is necessary to provide police services and that they didn’t want to depend on sales tax receipts, which can be unpredictable.

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