SALT LAKE CITY — Voters across the Wasatch Front weighed in Tuesday on the fate of multiple ballot questions that will have an impact on local issues ranging from more money for roads to whether proposed high-density projects will survive citizen pushback.
In Salt Lake City, 8 p.m. election night results showed the $87 million bond proposed to fill what city leaders had called an “enormous financial pothole” winning early approval, with nearly 69 percent of the vote in favor and about 31 percent against.
In Holladay, early election night results showed voters overwhelmingly rejected, with nearly 57 percent of the vote against, a development on the 57-acre site of the shuttered Cottonwood Mall, where developers have proposed and city officials have approved 775 high-rise apartments, more than 200 homes, and dozens of shops and restaurants.
But whether Holladay voters’ decision matters depends on a ruling still pending in the Utah Supreme Court.
In Orem, election night results showed a close race to either shoot down or approve a 1,600-bed student housing development near Utah Valley University. Results were narrow, but showed an early but slight lead toward rejection, with 3,046 votes against to 2,958 votes in favor.
The Orem development won approval from city leaders but has been fought by opposition groups with fears about its impact to surrounding neighborhoods and traffic.
$87 million bond
Looking to make a big dent in long-needed capital road projects, Salt Lake City leaders opted to ask voters to decide whether the city should take out an $87 million bond.
The bond would result in an estimated property tax hike of up to $5 a year for the average Salt Lake City house valued at $339,000, in place of two other bonds retiring next year. If the bond didn’t pass, property taxes would go down.
The total burden of the bond would be about $48 a year on the average Salt Lake City home, according to city estimates.
Before placing the bond on the ballot, Salt Lake City leaders lobbied in favor of what the extra money would do for roads in Utah’s capital, in combination with the $33 million sales tax hike the city passed earlier this year — a plan Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski first proposed in her 2018 State of the City address.
While a portion of a 0.5 percent sales tax hike, which the City Council voted to activate, is slated to help boost …read more
Source:: Deseret News – Utah News