Salt Lake County

Politics
3:32 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

McAdams Sworn in as New Salt Lake County Mayor

Democrat Ben McAdams was sworn in as Salt Lake County Mayor this morning by Salt Lake County 3rd district juvenile court Judge Andrew Valdez at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. McAdams, Deputy Mayor Nichole Dunn and newly elected council members Max Burdick, Jim Bradley, Michael Jensen and Sam Granato all took the oath of office before a packed theater. 

Following his pledge to uphold the United States constitution and the constitution of the state of Utah, McAdams told the crowd today is the day he begins to deliver on the promises he made during the campaign.

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Politics
4:15 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

McAdams Announces Inauguration Plans

Photo courtesy of Ben McAdams for County Mayor.

Democrat Ben McAdams will be sworn in as the next Salt Lake County Mayor on Monday at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. He’ll be joined by newly elected county council members Sam Granato, Jim Bradley, Max Burdick and Michael Jensen. 

First on McAdams’ agenda is creating  a public works service district that operates like the model that currently exists with police and fire. Public works projects like road maintenance, flood control and snow removal will no longer be a service of the county. Cities or the county would contract with the new district for services.

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Politics
4:46 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

New Salt Lake County Mayor Reorganizes Public Works Department

Taylorsville Mayor Russ Wall and Salt Lake County Mayor-Elect Ben McAdams discuss plans to reorganize the Department of Public Works.
Terry Gildea

Salt Lake County Mayor-Elect Ben McAdams is already implementing changes to the government structure. Thursday he announced he will reorganize the Department of Public Works and appoint two people to oversee it. It’s now called the Department of Public Works and Regional Development. McAdams has named Taylorsville Mayor Russ Wall as the department’s director and Patrick Leary will fill a new position to called Township Executive. McAdams says the two men will help meet the diverse needs of county residents.

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KUER Local News
12:13 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

KUER News Pod: Monday December 17, 2012

An Ogden family mourns the loss of their child in the aftermath of the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting, the Utah Department of Health looks into the costs of expanding Medicaid, and Salt Lake County approves a 16% tax increase.

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KUER Local News
5:19 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Council Postpones Vote on 2013 Budget

A clerical error led the Salt Lake County Council to delay a vote last night to approve next years budget. They'll instead address the issue tonight  But the council did make time for one last round of public comment on the budget, which includes a 16.2 percent property tax increase.

During a public hearing on Tuesday, the council heard only passionate testimonies of disapproval for the increase, which amounts to an additional $59 a year for the average home owner. Last night was no different. Councilman Steve DeBry addressed members of the public.

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KUER Local News
3:44 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

KUER News Pod: Friday December 14, 2012

Salt Lake County delays their vote on a proposed tax increase, a Utah family sues the Millard County sheriff over the shooting death of their son, and the Utah Air Quality Board scraps their plan to meet federal standards.

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KUER Local News
11:50 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Public Lambasts County Property Tax Increase

Salt Lake County officials have been meeting over the past few weeks to try and mitigate a proposed property tax increase included in the county’s 2013 budget. But dozens of Salt Lake County residents made it clear last night during a public hearing on the subject, that they don’t think they’re looking hard enough.“You guys are broke," Salt Lake County resident 

Wells Wagner told members of the county council on Tuesday.

"It would have been nice to hear that before this past election.”

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Developing
1:33 pm
Sat December 1, 2012

Special Election: Jim Dabakis Wins Utah 2nd Senate District Seat

Jim Dabakis speaks to delegates in the Salt Lake County Council chamber
Brian Grimmett

With 67 votes in the second round of voting, Utah’s Democratic Party Chairman, Jim Dabakis, narrowly beat outgoing Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon in the special election for Utah’s 2nd Senate district. Dabakis will replace Senator Ben McAdams who is leaving with two years left in his term after winning the election for Salt Lake County Mayor.

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KUER Local News
3:52 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Wasatch Canyons Transportation Study Complete

For those who enjoy spending time in the Wasatch Canyons, traffic and parking can make trips difficult.   Salt Lake County officials are considering some changes that could alleviate problems in the future. The recommendations are the result of a year-long series of canyon transportation studies which are now complete.

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KUER Local News
2:03 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Corroon Eyes State Senate Seat

Outgoing Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon has officially declared his candidacy for Utah State Senate. Corroon is eyeing Utah’s 2nd senate district, left vacant by Salt Lake County Mayor elect Democrat Ben McAdams. 

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KUER Local News
5:04 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Elected Officials Deliberate 2013 County Budget

Elected officials responsible for a handful of Salt Lake County departments presented their budget needs to the county council this morning. Most of those executives, including the Salt Lake County Sheriff, District Attorney and Auditor say they’ll be hard-pressed to perform their required duties without an increase in tax revenue.

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KUER Local News
4:30 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Corroon Proposes Tax Hike in 2013 Budget

Salt Lake County

Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon has proposed a $31 million property tax hike to balance the county budget. He unveiled his 2013 plan today, two months before retiring from his position. Corroon will pass the torch to newly elected Democrat Ben McAdams in January.

David Wilde is Chairman of the Salt Lake County Council. The Republican says he’s not thrilled about a tax increase, but it’s one of only two options the county has for keeping up with inflation, which has outpaced revenue.

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Environment & Public Lands
4:50 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Corroon Endorses Propostion #1, Defends Against Pending Lawsuit

Salt Lake County

Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon endorsed the Regional Park and Trails bond today during an open house at the Northwest Recreation center. If approved, The Regional Park and Trails bond, or Proposition #1, authorizes the county to issue a $47 million dollar bond. The money would be used to help finish the Jordan River Parkway Trail, Parley’s Trail, and build three new regional parks. Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon says the benefits of approving the proposition far outweigh the property tax increase.

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Politics
5:29 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Sheriff, Police Union Endorse Ben McAdams

The Greater Salt Lake Unified Police Federation and Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder announced this morning they’re endorsing Democrat Ben McAdams for Salt Lake County Mayor.  The support comes a week after Winder denounced McAdams’ opponent, Republican Mark Crockett’s jail services proposal.  

Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder says the county does not need an autocratic leader, but rather a diplomatic one.

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Politics
3:05 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Millcreek Community Divided on Incorporation

Some residents in Millcreek township say they lack a voice in many policy decisions and pay Salt Lake County too much for police and fire services. But others say the county is doing a good job of keeping taxes low and providing adequate representation. In the last two decades residents of Cottonwood Heights and Holladay decided to incororate. Now voters in Millcreek will decide if their community should do the same.

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