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Salt Lake City leaders — minus Mayor Jackie Biskupski — met Thursday afternoon with Gov. Gary Herbert and legislative leaders in continuing negotiations over a planned land-based shipping hub in the northwest corner of the city.

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Shoppers in Salt Lake City will pay an extra half-penny per dollar in sales tax on non-food purchases beginning in October. Despite some concerns, the city council approved the tax hike Tuesday night.

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The Salt Lake City Council will not vote on a tax increase on tax day after all. They’re going to hold off on Tuesday night’s vote for another couple of weeks.

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There’s still time for Salt Lake City residents to tell city leaders what they think about a proposed sales tax increase. An open house and public hearing are scheduled Tuesday night at city hall.

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski called for not one, but two tax increases in her 3rd annual State of the City address Wednesday night. The additional revenue would pay for big transportation, housing and infrastructure projects.

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Four members of the Salt Lake City Council were sworn in Tuesday, including two new faces. Incoming council members Chris Wharton and Amy Fowler replace retiring council members Stan Penfold and Lisa Adams.

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The Salt Lake City Council says it’s willing to pay for 50 new police officer positions—nearly twice what Chief Mike Brown asked for earlier this month.

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Salt Lake City Council has officially declared the second Monday of October, also known as Columbus Day, as Indigenous Peoples' Day.

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After a previous nomination didn’t work out, the Salt Lake City Council approved a new leader for the city’s Redevelopment Agency Tuesday night.

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Despite a last-minute snag, the Salt Lake City Council passed a $273 million plan for a balanced budget Tuesday night. The lean budget focuses mainly on essentials with an emphasis on infrastructure, road maintenance and homeless services.

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Earlier this month Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski nominated state Sen. Jim Dabakis (D-Salt Lake City) to represent the city on the Utah Transit Authority Board. But on Tuesday evening the city council voted down the nomination.

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Salt Lake City Councilwoman Lisa Adams will not run for re-election this year. She’s the second councilmember who’s announced they will not seek another term.

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All seven city council members signed a letter to Mayor Jackie Biskupski and Utah Transit Authority CEO Jerry Benson this week, saying they were ‘alarmed’ to learn about the plans.

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This week the Salt Lake City Council approved $200,000 to help fund the Twilight Concert Series for 2017. Twilight has gone over budget for several years now, and City Council members are once again reevaluating the future of the concert series.

Porta Potties Could Benefit Utah's Homeless

Jun 7, 2016
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A Salt Lake City council proposal to purchase a portable trailer and toilets could benefit the health of the homeless in the area.

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Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and the City Council are taking action in the wake of recent legislation in Mississippi and North Carolina that discriminates against the LGBT communities in those states.

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The Salt Lake City Council unanimously approved three of Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski’s latest cabinet appointments Tuesday night, but not before a rigorous interview process earlier in the evening.

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The Salt Lake City Council might pay for Mayor-elect Jackie Biskupski’s transition into the mayor’s office after all. They previously denied her request for funding.

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Gay rights advocate and small business owner Derek Kitchen has won the council seat for Salt Lake City’s fourth district.

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Local businesses and apartment complexes in Salt Lake City may soon be required to recycle. The city council is taking a look at the issue next week.

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Salt Lake City has already surpassed 30 percent voter turnout for this year’s August 11th primary election, which includes a hotly contested mayor’s race and one city council race. The deadline to postmark mail-in ballots is today.

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Derek Kitchen, one of the plaintiff’s in Utah’s high-profile same-sex marriage case officially announced Tuesday he’s running for a seat on the Salt Lake City Council.

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The Salt Lake City council is poised to enact an all-in-out ban on horse-drawn carriages in the city. This comes after year-long discussion about how to properly regulate the business.

Why Aren't All Rape Kits Tested?

Oct 21, 2014
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The Salt Lake City Council met with law enforcement officials yesterday to continue discussing the possibility of mandatory testing of all rape kits in the possession of the Salt Lake City Police Department.

Amid questions of how much it would cost to test every rape kit, and how long it would take to do so, the issue of exactly why all rape kits aren’t tested emerged. Sergeant Derek Christenson oversees the special 

victims unit of the Salt Lake City Police. He says that rape kits aren’t always necessary if the perpetrator admits to the encounter.    

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The Salt Lake City Council will seek federal funding to extend the Sugar House Streetcar eastward to Highland drive. The decision squeaked through as a divided council questioned the success of the existing rail-line. 

In a 4 to 3 decision, the council voted to set aside an additional $3 million to match an anticipated $10.6 million federal Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant.  

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Families all over Utah celebrated Pioneer Day with fireworks. The festivities also pumped lots of unhealthy smoke into the air that spiked air pollution. KUER’s Judy Fahys reports on the trend and Salt Lake City’s plan to deal with it.

Polluted air has become a kind of day-after tradition for Independence Day and Pioneer Day in Utah. Monitors at the state Department of Environmental Quality show those pretty pyrotechnics created enough smoke to top federal health standards in Salt Lake, Utah, Weber, Cache and Tooele counties Thursday night.

Four Salt Lake City Council members were sworn in today. Three are new and one is beginning a second term. The newcomer’s ambitions range from air quality and economic development to civility.

District 1 Councilman-elect James Rogers says as a new member of the Salt Lake City Council, he’s focused on rehabilitating neglected residential, community and commercial areas in his district, pointing to his work overseeing the renovation of a commercial office space just west of Capitol Hill. 

Salt Lake City employees and elected officials said goodbye last night to three members of the Salt Lake City Council. Carlton Christensen, Jill Remington Love and Soren Simonson have served on the council for a combined 36 years. 

District 7 Councilman Soren Simonson was elected to the Salt Lake City council in 2005. A city planner by trade, colleagues and constituents praised his creative vision and accessibility. Sugar House resident Scott Workman thanked Simonson for ensuring the neighborhood’s annual fireworks show would go on back in 2010, when funding fell short.

Mayor Becker Vetoes SLC Budget

Jun 19, 2013

Less than 24 hours after the Salt Lake City Council voted five to two,  passing  a two hundred million dollar budget that includes an eight million dollar tax increase, Mayor Ralph Becker vetoed the entire proposal.  When the Mayor presented his own budget proposal to the council earlier this year, he told members that the city had saved enough money over his six years in office, city services could remain at current levels without raising more revenue.   Before he signed the budget veto, Becker said that the council should allow for a year-long discussion to examine a property tax increas

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The Salt Lake City Council approved the city’s $200 million budget yesterday, which includes an $8 million property-tax hike.  The council approved the increase despite Mayor Ralph Becker’s objections. 

Outgoing Councilwoman Jill Remington Love says the city has had to make tough budget decisions in the past few years. Because of a weak economy, rising health care costs and retirement, it’s now dealing with a dire structural deficit. 

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