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1 7 Millcreek City It’s Time ”The Government closest to the people is the government that governs best.” Thomas Jefferson

2 Millcreek Magna Kearns Remaining Populous Unincorporated Areas Map Emigration Canyon Copperton

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4 Why become a city? A.To Have a Voice B.Stop Property Tax Increases C. Better Representation and Accountability D.Develop Community Identity E.Preserve Millcreek and Stop annexations

5 Millcreek Township has no legal voice or decision making authority Townships have “no legal or political identity separate from the county.” Utah Code Title 17 Chapter 27a Section City council members have a legal voice Township council members do not.

6 Why become a city? A.To Have a Voice B.Stop Property Tax Increases C. Better Representation and Accountability D.Develop Community Identity E.Preserve Millcreek and Stop annexations

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8 GOVERNMENT STRUCTURE Where do our taxes go? – Federal Government – Utah State Government – County Government – City/Municipal Government For unincorporated areas, SL County acts as Millcreek’s “city” government and collects and spends County revenue AND our Municipal Revenue.

9 COUNTYWIDE SERVICES: Health and Human Services, Criminal Justice, Parks and Recreation, Libraries, Elections, Cemeteries, Records CITY/MUNICIPAL SERVICES: Safety (Police, Fire, Justice Courts), Public Works (streets, curbs and gutters, sidewalks, water), Waste removal (garbage), Snow Removal, Animal Control, Zoning, Planning GOVERNMENT SERVICES

10 How much money? Millcreek Township Pays $31 million annually to SL County, and its Service Districts, to act as our city/municipal government. – To Unified Police District $7.52 Million – To Unified Fire Authority $7.82 M – Other Municipal Services $15.66 M

11 Salt Lake County Feasibility Study, 2011 Projected revenues and expenses over 5 years ( ) – Assumed a 2.5% increase in expenses, for inflation – Assumed a 1.0% increase in sales tax revenues Revenue/Expense at 100.3% first year Incorporation Feasible! Including all costs of transferring municipal services from County to City. No duplication of services! No franchise fees necessary!

12 2012 Updated Analysis Updated 2012 analysis using actual tax revenues. Again, assumed 2.5% increase in expenses Actual sales tax revenues: 5.4% increase in % increase in 2012 Source: Utah State Tax Commission

13 Study Findings, 2012 Demonstrates the city of Millcreek to be even more feasible than projected in 2011 Feasibility study. Millcreek would gain $12M over 5 years to address neglected needs and make improvements. NO TAX INCREASE, BETTER SERVICE.

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15 City Start-Up Costs One time Startup Cost—0.5 percent of annual budget. Ongoing Annual Costs—No additional costs/payment shifts from SL County to Millcreek City

16 Typical Mayors’ Salaries in S. L. County FULL TIME MAYORS 2012 Gross Compensation* Sandy (Tom Dolan) $160,329 Salt Lake City (Ralph Becker) $157,572 Appointed Liason for (Patrick Leary) $163,022 Unincorporated S. L. County(Millcreek) PART TIME MAYORS West Valley City (Michael Winder) $53,932 Holladay (Dennis Webb) $26,068 Cottonwood Heights (Kelvyn Cullimore) $25,593 * Gross Compensation includes all benefits and payroll taxes Source: Utah’s Right to Know

17 Do we have the commercial tax base to support our population? YES! Millcreek City is Feasible without increasing taxes or reducing services. Commercial Tax Base – Short List Olympus Hills, 3300 So., St. Mark’s Hospital, Highland Drive, 700 East, State Street, 4500 So. and Highland Dr., #2 REI store in the U.S. Twice Tax Base of Cottonwood Heights Millcreek has a solid and diverse tax base.

18 Millcreek City Keep our revenue in Millcreek Millcreek residents pay 6%-7% more for the United Police District than cities like Holladay do, for the same service. Presently Millcreek Township has no authority to negotiate service contracts. Millcreek City can negotiate contracts with service providers, ensuring best cost and quality of service. Millcreek City will activate an economic development plan to improve our commercial tax base.

19 Simplify our Government Eliminate the multiple layers of Government with their boards and staff – UFA district – UPD district – Sanitation district – Soon to be public works Reduce and replace 4 layers of government by locally elected officials – a mayor and council to contract for all the services.

20 Source: Utah Tax State Tax Commission, Property Tax Division, Utah Certified Tax Rates

21 Cities are More Efficient Cities have held the line on property taxes for many years, even during startup. SL County has increased taxes (114%) to pay the same (or less) services. Utah State Tax Commission

22 Conclusion Almost all Cities in Salt Lake County—particularly those near to Millcreek- Have lower property taxes than Millcreek Township residents.

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24 2012 TAX INCREASE BY SL COUNTY IS EQUAL TO POTENTIAL CITY FRANCHISE FEES

25 Why become a City? A.To Have a Voice B.Stop Property Tax Increases C. Better Representation and Accountability D.Develop Community Identity E.Preserve Millcreek/ Stop annexations

26 Salt Lake County Population 1,029, Census Unincorporated 141, % Cities 888, % Why has No City ever looked back and asked to return to the unincorporated County. WHY?

27 WHY? Local control of Priorities and Funds Resolution of Years of Neglected Issues

28 Salt Lake County Council 1. L Share this page:are this page: a a Legislative Body for all of S.L. County Also the Municipal Government for Unincorporated Areas (Millcreek) Violates the basic principle of Representative Government Creates a Conflict of Interest

29 Does County Council Represent Millcreek Township well? Millcreek represents 43% of SL County unincorporated population Only one of nine County Councilors lives in Millcreek. He also represents Holladay and parts of SLC and Cottonwood Heights. Seven of nine County Councilors live in cities with municipal governments accountable to their own citizens. Police Fee was charged ONLY to the unincorporated County.

30 County Council: Seven of Nine Have No Direct Accountability to Unincorporated Residents Nine Council Members Three “At-Large” Six represent Districts Only 2 have any significant Unincorporated Constituency (Sam Granato and Michael Jensen)

31 “The county knows it has neglected the Millcreek Township infrastructure for many years.” S.L. County Official

32 Millcreek City Government Direct Election of City Officials : Will be citizens of the Millcreek City— your neighbors, elected by you, accessible, and accountable to you! Will be responsible for, and advocate for issues affecting Millcreek City. Will have a vote and seat at the table of UFA, UPD, UDOT, Council of Mayors, and League of Cities & Towns –all powerful entities.

33 Why become a City? A.To Have a Voice B.Stop Property Tax Increases C. Better Representation and Accountability D.Develop Community Identity E.Preserve Millcreek/ Stop annexations

34 To Holladay 2005 T Annexed to South Salt Lake To Salt Lake City annexations in 2002 To Murray 2001

35 Millcreek Township “The status quo is not an option.” League of Cities and Towns, Many Legislators want wall-to-wall cities. 4 cities have annexation plans in place. Any property owner—business or private—can initiate annexation petition Township borders opened Nov. 7 th, 2012.

36 It is Happening Now Petitions have begun: To annex a part of Millcreek Township to Holladay. To annex Millcreek to Salt Lake City Which part of Millcreek do you think we can afford to lose?

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38 OPTIONS 1.Create Millcreek City—Control our Destiny; No One left behind. -OR- 2. Let others decide our Fate a) Surrounding Cities b) Annexation Petitioners c) County Council

39 Ballot Questions—Nov. 4, 2014 Shall the area described as Millcreek Township be incorporated as the City of Millcreek? Y_N_ If the above incorporation proposal passes, under what form of municipal government shall the City of Millcreek operate? Vote for 1: Five-member council form ____ Six-member council form ____ Five-member council-mayor form ____ Seven-member council-mayor form. ____ If the above incorporation proposal passes, shall members of the city council of the City of Millcreek be elected by district? Yes__ No__

40 8 Reasons to … Vote Yes

41 If you would…  Vote Yes to local representative government  Vote YES to local control of how our taxes are spent.  Vote Yes to control the soaring Property Tax in Millcreek.  Vote Yes to keep our Sales Tax Revenue in Millcreek.  Vote Yes to determine our service levels and price.  Vote Yes to restore Millcreek’s neglected infrastructure.  Vote Yes to preserve our Millcreek communities.  Vote Yes to shape our own future for us, and our children. Then…  Vote Yes to the Millcreek City incorporation.

42 HOW YOU CAN HELP Be sure you sign the petition! Talk with your neighbors. Host a “fact” night for your neighbors Help gather signatures. Financially Contribute


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