Crowd blasts planned Kaysville tax increase

Kaysville

KAYSVILLE — “End run,“ “public trust“ and “surprise“ were just some of the comments residents hurled at the Kaysville City Council at Tuesday’s 2 ½-hour hearing on a proposed tax increase.

In a standing-room-only crowd of about 200 people, resident after resident stepped to the lectern, the majority expressing their displeasure with city leaders and their proposed 99.6 percent property tax hike, nearly half of which is to pay for the construction of a police station residents had voted down.

The tax hike, if approved, will result in the average homeowner paying an additional $143 a year in property taxes to the city. The revenues will be used to fund the construction of the police station, add public safety staff and to offset those power fund revenues city officials had been using to pay for personnel.

The council will decide the matter at a 6 p.m. work session Thursday at City Hall, 23 E. Center St. At that meeting, in which the city’s proposed 2014-15 fiscal year budget will be discussed, no public comment will be taken, officials said.

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