Salt Lake County

Andrea Smardon

This week, the Salt Lake County Council gave preliminary approval for the $1.1 billion-dollar, 2016, county budget. It includes Salt Lake County Mayor McAdams plan to improve the criminal justice system.

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Salt Lake County voters have officially defeated an effort to increase sales tax for transportation funding known as Proposition 1.

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An attempt to increase transportation funding by raising sales tax was on the ballot for 17 Utah Counties, and after counting most of the votes, the results are mixed.

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Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams has a plan to address new criminal justice demands on the county. He presented his $1.1 billion budget to the county council Tuesday morning.

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The Salt Lake County Council gave preliminary approval for a property tax levy Tuesday to fund criminal justice reform. In total, homeowners will be providing 9.4 million dollars a year.

Juliet Fletcher / Council of State Governments Justice Center

A new report recognizes Salt Lake County for its efforts in criminal justice reform, but researchers found weaknesses in how it handles offenders with behavioral health disorders.

Brian Grimmett

Mayors from across the Wasatch front gathered in Midvale to voice their support for Proposition 1, a quarter of a cent sales tax increase that is being placed on ballots in sixteen counties this November.

Brian Grimmett

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams says the county is pulling out of negotiations with Omni Hotels & Resorts for a new convention center hotel after a year and a half of talks.

Brian Grimmett

Salt Lake County officials have discovered more than 100 trees that were cut down illegally in Big Cottonwood Canyon.

Brian Grimmett

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams and Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker are pushing a proposal to combine county and city prosecution services.

Whittney Evans

House Democrats are calling for the resignation of Democratic State Representative Justin Miller amid allegations that he stole roughly $30,000 from Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdam’s re-election campaign. But Miller has no plans to step down.

Utah Democratic Party

Utah State Representative Justin Miller is being accused of embezzling money from Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams campaign fund. The freshman democrat denies the accusation, calling it political retaliation for whistleblowing.

Brian Grimmett

The Salt Lake County Council is preparing to vote on a resolution calling for people to follow smart water conservation guidelines.

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It’s Brain Injury Awareness Month and Salt Lake County is putting a spotlight on concussions and how to prevent them.

The county-owned facility is open 7 days per week and includes many free activities as well as food and a learning store.
Bob Nelson

Salt Lake County announced plans Thursday for a $2,000,000 dollar update of the free public exhibits at the Clark Planetarium at the Gateway in downtown Salt Lake City.

Whittney Evans


Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams promised a “responsive” government in his annual state of the county address Tuesday morning.

Utah Transit Authority

The Salt Lake County health department is handing out thousands of free public transit passes to Salt Lake County residents. They hope the effort will get more people on buses and trains and out of personal vehicles that contribute to air pollution.

Tim Slover


The Utah Clean Air Partnership has awarded a $25,000 grant to Salt Lake County to help repair vehicles with poor emissions. 

Whittney Evans

Newly-elected Salt Lake County officials were sworn into office Monday morning.

Holladay City

The process involved nearly 2 years of wrangling between residents, Salt Lake County, East Millcreek Township representatives and eventually the Lieutenant Governor.

Current Holladay Mayor Robert Dahle was elected in the middle of the process. He says the county’s protest of the annexation further delayed the process so a boundary commission was formed.

Brian Grimmett

The state’s prison relocation commission has voted to move forward with further assessment of six sites located in Salt Lake, Utah, and Tooele Counties. 

Salt Lake County

Many refugees who come to live in Salt Lake County would like to make a living using the skills they brought with them from their home countries. Salt Lake County has partnered with the  International Rescue Committee to open a new incubator kitchen, that  gives many of those entrepreneurs a place to start.

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Salt Lake County is preparing to draw up a new 10-year-plan for the region’s parks and recreation facilities. But first they need input from those who use them.

The Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation master plan is what the county uses to guides spending, as well as management and construction of things like parks, open space and rec centers. And with the population expected to grow by half a million of the next few decades, the demand for those services will only increase. 

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Salt Lake County officials broke ground Wednesday on Phase 1 of the 64-acre Wheadon Farm Park in Draper. The farm at 138th South and Bangerter Parkway, was purchased from Utah Open Lands by the county with funds from the $47-million dollar Park Bond approved by voters in 2012. Wendy Fisher is the Executive Director of Utah Open Lands. She says in 1997 Gene and Deane  Wheadon donated the land because they shared a vision of the importance of open space.

Taylor Hayes

Salt Lake County officials broke ground on a new regional park in Kearns this morning. The park is the result of a $47 million park’s bond voters approved in 2012.

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Salt Lake County officials have announced a new grant program available to area cities to improve the commuter bicycle experience.

County Mayor Ben McAdams says the plan is to use a small portion of the $40-million plus transportation budget to double the number of bicycle commuters in a relatively short period of time.

Over the weekend, Democratic Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams and Republican Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox were out to crush any notions that the political rivals can’t put their party leanings aside for some good-natured fun. The two battled it out in a demolition derby at the Salt Lake County fair.

McAdams orchestrated the derby, hiring James Simko AKA “Gumby” to build both his and Cox’ derby cars.

The fact that you’re a right-wing republican, is that going to color who you’re rooting for today?, I ask him.

An independent audit of Salt Lake County’s Behavioral Health Services system was released Tuesday. Officials say it validates the county’s move to a managed-care model.  County Mayor Ben McAdams called for the audit last year following news that provider Valley Behavioral Health (VBH) would discontinue service to hundreds of patients due to budget cuts.

Brian Grimmett

Salt Lake County is teaming up with HawkWatch International to help study and track the smallest falcon in North America known as the kestrel falcon.

Mike Shaw is a volunteer with the organization. Right now he’s reaching up into one of the 150 nest boxes the organization has put out across the Wasatch front and pulling out the baby kestrel falcons.

Whittney Evans

Fourteen inmates at Salt Lake County’s Oxbow jail graduated today from a program that helps them successfully transition from cell to society.

Today is the 66th commencement ceremony for inmates who’ve completed the rigorous five-week, 200- hour Life Skills program. The class takes up to 16 volunteer inmates willing to learn about things like parenting, personal health, cognitive behavior, the social impact of crime and personal finance. During the ceremony Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder spoke passionately to the graduates.