At a work session on July 24, the City Council reviewed the recommendations of a Citizen Committee, which recommended the Council ask voters to extend the 0. 1 6 percent public safety tax and the .30 percent Quality of Life sales tax this November. The 0.16 percent tax would fund anew Fire Station (8) in the Promontory area; staffing that facility with 18 new firefighter positions; rebuilding of Fire Station 2; and a review how rebuild of Fire Station 4 as the tax grows over the next 20 years. The .30 percent tax would pay for major intersection builds along Highways 34 and 85, upgrade city, add traffic lights and other safety improvements as money becomes available.
Because the Quality of Life .30 percent tax does not generate enough for Open Space/Open Land needs, City staff recommended a third .14 percent sales tax request be added to the November ballot for parks, trails and open space. The Council was generally supportive of moving forward with the extensions of the public safety and Quality of Life taxes. However, Council members expressed concerns about adding another tax question to the ballot, fearing it could compromise the approval of the other two taxes.
Staff will now draft the necessary ordinances including the ballot language for a full public hearing process on August 7 and 21.