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In government, we use fund accounting (not to be confused with fun accounting). Different revenue sources can only be used to pay for specific expenses. These differing revenues and expenses are tracked in separate funds (accounting books).
The different budget funds are shown in the following graphic (click to enlarge):
Property tax is calculated to be revenue neutral, generally meaning that when property values increase, the property tax rates decrease. Or, when property values decrease, the property tax rate increases. So, even if your property value increases, that doesn’t mean the city will get more revenue. This is why the Certified Tax Rate (CTR) changes each year.
Also, only a small percentage of the overall property tax comes to Bluffdale City. Other entities like Jordan School District and Salt Lake County, also levy taxes on your property. They can choose to change their CTR to increase the amount of revenue they receive. They also have Truth in Taxation notification process, just like the City does.
The amount of increase the City is proposing will increase the property tax revenue overall around $570,000.
The Capital Projects Fund primarily is comprised of state and county grants, state legislative allocations, federal ARPA funds, and proceeds from our UDOT PRB transaction. These are restricted funds.
The FY2023 budgeted transfer is Federal ARPA funds that are restricted in their use. The Council has directed that the money be spent on one-time major equipment costs in the Fire and Police departments.
The 5% increase in salaries increases the General Fund costs by $167,858. Increasing salaries by 2% increases the General Fund costs by $67,642. Our model is not designed to calculate raises based on a specific salary level.
100% of the proposed tax increase is restricted to be used in the Fire and Police Protection Fund. It cannot be used for any other City purpose. It will be used to fund increases in salaries in the fire and police departments and to hire full-time, frontline fire fighters so that there will be 2 full-time, frontline fire fighters in the stations on each of of the 3 shifts -- A,B & C.
The City Council will re-evalutate any future needs each year.
There are certain things -- like car registrations -- that are not taxed but rather pay a fee in lieu of a tax. Businesses that hold personal property pay taxes on that personal property.
An increase will not occur in 2024 and has been deleted.
We cannot transfer money from the Fire and Police Protection Fund back to the General Fund. We are transferring money from the General Fund to the Fire and Police Protection Fund.
Without the tax increase we would reduce our police services and not hire full-time, frontline fire fighters nor give any raises to fire department personnel.
Under the City Council's direction, our fiscal policy is to pay recurring operating expsenses with recurring revenue sources. This is one-time money.
Capital projects are only paid from the restricted Capital Projects Fund. The Capital Projects Fund cannot be used to pay for operating costs.
The City Council directed a 5% salary increase across the board to improve the City's ability to retain and hire needed employees in all departments.
The City has successfully promoted increased sales tax revenue from online sales. Any specific programs you would like to recommend and help push will be welcomed.
Last year our residents asked for a transparent way to track the costs of our Fire and Police Services. They want to be able to verify that a proposed property tax increase would be used to pay for improvements in our Fire and Police Services. The accounting in the Fire and Police Protection Fund clearly and transparently shows the sources of the revenue and where the money is being spent. No money can be transferred out of this fund to pay for any other City needs.
The council agrees with our firefighting professionals that 2 full-time, frontline firefighter positions this year is the appropriate starting point.
Under the City Council’s direction, our fiscal policy is to pay recurring operating expenses with recurring revenue sources. The surpluses are one-time money. The events that create surpluses vary and are not a reliable base for paying for major recurring costs. The public safety surpluses primarily represent daily positions that were not filled. It is expected that changing two of those positions to full-time in FY2024 will reduce the unfilled positions and, thereby, reduce or eliminate the surplus in the fire department.
Even with 100% of property taxes going to the new fund, those taxes pay for less than half the cost. We will supplement the new fund with over $5 million from the General Fund. With no property taxes in the general fund, it will rely on less stable revenue sources to make up the difference.
Salt Lake County offers a tax relief program for those who qualify. You must apply by September 1, 2023. They also have other assistance programs, like rental relief, available. Learn more about the programs and see if you qualify at slco.to/TaxRelief or slco.to/AssistancePrograms.
All businesses being conducted from a location in Bluffdale City are generally subject to licensing requirements. However, certain business professions are specifically exempt by the State of Utah from license fees. Even though these professions are exempt from license fees, they typically are not exempt from the rest of the license process including filing a valid license application and completing necessary safety inspections or zoning requirements.
If your business will be located in a commercial zone, it is advisable that you contact the Planning and Zoning department at 801-858-0510 for specific zoning requirements and restrictions prior to signing a lease or filing a license application. If you are not sure that your business requires a license or if you feel that your business may qualify for a special exemption, you may contact the Business License office directly at 801-254-2200 for clarification.
Please contact the Business License Official (801-849-9402) for specific forms, information and requirements if your business entity is: • Temporary or itinerant in nature • Involved with the sale or consumption of alcohol • Door-to-door soliciting or mobile vending • A sexually oriented business • Firearms dealer • Pawn shop or a second hand dealer • Massage Therapy Establishment If the State of Utah requires a license for your profession, you will be asked to submit a copy at the time of application. The State of Utah, in cooperation with several local government entities, has developed a "One-Stop Business Registration" website. This website streamlines many of the processes for registering a new business. The site is available 24 / 7 and will guide you through a series of questions designed to determine which State or Federal registrations and forms are applicable to your type of business. Many of the assigned tax numbers, business registrations and accounts assigned through this site are a necessary precursor to the business license process. It is easy and a lot less time consuming and cumbersome than physically visiting each agency in person.
A Bluffdale City license is required in addition to any state license
The areas near Rose Creek and the Jordan River are the most susceptible to flooding.
All residents may reach out to the Public Works Department at 801-254-2200 to request sandbags.
Review these map resources to learn more:
Salt Lake County Floodplain Map:https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/5e0fdc6fc3de4e89937ba199afb6828f
State of Utah Flood Risk Map: https://floodhazards.utah.gov/property-owners/
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM): https://msc.fema.gov/portal/search
Possible flooding is more likely if your home, residence, or business is located within a FEMA regulated 100-yr floodplain (1-percent Annual Chance Flood) special flood hazard area (SFHA).
Residents in neighborhoods with high groundwater levels should check their sump pumps to ensure they are in working order, landscaping, gutter drainage.
The four main canals that flow through Bluffdale are not typically a flood risk, as they are not filled until at least April 15th, and canal companies control water levels. Much like the canals, the amount of water allowed into the Jordan River from Utah Lake is controlled. The Jordan River will see more significant flows but should not see volume above the flood rim level.
The Jordan River will see more significant flows but should not see volume above the flood rim level. The flows through the Jordan River are controlled, but groundwater levels may be high in areas near the river, so it's important for residents who live in those areas to check to make sure their sump pumps are in working order.
Salt Lake County Public Works Maphttps://slco.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=ed68dc2b532f432db3f1d17dee1042bc
All residents can take action to prepare their homes for extra moisture, whether in spring storms, high groundwater, or flooding.
Some of those actions include
Find more information on these websites:
Salt Lake County Flood Preparedness: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/5e0fdc6fc3de4e89937ba199afb6828f
Be Ready Utah: https://beready.utah.gov/utah-hazards/flood/
Call the Public Works Department at 801-254-2200 to request sandbags and find out where to pick them up.
Bluffdale City is providing 10 sandbags per household.
Salt Lake County residents can get up to 25 sandbags. Find more information at https://slcoem.org/sandbag-locations/
Residents are encouraged to visit the SLCO Flood Preparedness website to review the information provided regarding sandbags and other recommendations for use in preparing for flooding events: https://slco.org/flood-control/flood-preparedness-manual/.
Contact the Public Works Department if you notice flooding in the City. During normal business hours at 801-254-2200 and after hours and on weekends at 801-559-7783.
If you see areas of overland flooding along rivers, creeks, streams, canals, or areas of channel erosion, call Salt Lake County Flood Control at (385) 468-6600.
If debris is within local roadways or intersections, contact our public works department at 801-254-2200 for those local drainage problems. If you need to contact them after normal business hours and on weekends call 801-559-7783.
If the debris is in a river, creek, stream, or canal, contact SLCO Flood Control at 385-468-6600.
City and County resources are spread thin and do not have the staff to respond immediately to every storm drain inlet that is blocked and needs to be cleared. This is why we are asking residents to help if they see small debris (small branches, sticks, and leaves) blocking or clogging roadside storm drain inlets by using a rake and removing and disposing of the debris. This is a quick and easy way to reduce the chances of small nuisance flooding.
Feel free to reach out to Public Works or the Emergency Manager, Bart Barton, at 801-258-2200.
Bluffdale City Codehttps://bluffdale.municipalcodeonline.com/book?type=ordinances#name=PREFACE
To order extra containers, complete the Add/Remove Cans form or call 801-254-2200. See rates chart for current rates.
Visit Salt Lake County Health Department for information on the disposal of hazardous waste.
Glass can be dropped off at the Draper City Public Works Facility (72 E. Sivogah Court - 14525 S.) or in Riverton at 13500 S 4050 W Their hours are Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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The following four holidays could delay your pick-up: New Year’s Day, 4th of July, Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day. If your pick-up falls on or after the holiday, your pick-up will be delayed by one day for that week only.
Trash - household waste.Recycle - see complete list.Green Waste - Acceptable materials include all residential green waste and compostable vegetative yard waste such as grass/lawn clippings, tree limbs, shrub trimmings, leaves, weeds, plants and flowers, garden waste, wood chips and sawdust and wood scraps (less than 6 inches in diameter and 2 feet in length). Non-Acceptable materials include soil/dirt, rocks, lawn sod, household waste, food waste, treated wood and paper and plastic bags. Grass clippings and leaves in plastic bags will not be collected. If you don’t have a green waste can (green with a yellow lid), call (801) 254-2200 to order one today.
Please call Bluffdale City Utility Billing at 801-254-2200.
There is an application online. Complete the form and attach proof of purchase before submitting the form. You must provide proof of ownership of the home. Services will not be put in the name of a renter or leaser.
Bills are mailed out between the 5th & 10th of each month. They are always due on the 25th of the month. You can also see your bill online at any time at Xpressbillpay.com.
You can pay in any of the following ways: Xpress Bill Payhttps://www.xpressbillpay.com/#/?org=bluffdale10049 City Hall - 2222 W 14400 South - Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Mon - Fri. Drop box between the Fire Station and City Hall - NO CASH Mail to: 2222 W 14400 South Bluffdale , UT 84065 By phone - 801-254-2200
It is free to sign up for online bill payment at Xpress Bill Pay. Only VISA & Mastercard are accepted;
No. XressBillPay now offers Guest Checkout. No need to sign in. You can also choose to receive future email notifications when your next bill is ready. Even if you decide not to create a login, you can still get emailed when your bill becomes available.
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