Legislative Issues Affecting Salt Lake County
2009 Legislative Priorities - SB 73 & SB 131
SB 73 - Townships Amendments
This Legislation, which is the result of a policy debate spanning several decades, is designed to uphold a proven system of local government and enable self-determination by citizens of unincorporated townships.
In fulfilling the legislative intent of HB 40 (2005), this bill responds to the specific, stated, desire of the people within these communities to maintain their current form of local government.
It also allows for stability in the tax base in case of future incorporation, and contains provisions for deliberative and rational annexation which allows for predictable infrastructure planning.
What SB 73 Does:
Repeals the sunset provision relating to townships
Creates a dissolution provision that mirrors municipal dissolution
Universal solution for all townships
Provides necessary protections to allow for long-term infrastructure planning
Maintains consistency in providing services
Protects the future viability of incorporations
Provides for community preservation and self-determination
Creates the following options for communities:
Remain as a township
Petition to adjust boundaries
Annex as a whole
Dissolve township to allow piecemeal annexation
Without this bill, the primary option will be piecemeal annexations
HB40 Legislative Intent:
In 2005, the State Legislature adopted HB40 which pushed back the repeal date for the County’s townships to 2010.
The legislation stipulated the County and cities create a joint board and work together to pay for and administer a survey of the people living in townships to determine their feelings about their form of government.
The information gathered was to be used to develop a collaborative solution that implemented the will of the residents.
The joint board oversaw selection of survey and education consultants, drafted educational materials and survey questions, and reviewed results prior to public release.
SB 131 - Special Law Enforcement Districts
This legislation was introduced and supported by Salt Lake County in order to provide a full range of 24/7 law enforcement services to smaller communities by allowing for the creation of special districts for law enforcement services.
The districts, created by the county legislative body, will be accountable to the citizens as the District Board will be made up completely of elected officials, including participating city Mayors.
The inclusion of city Mayors on the board means that communities will have a direct say in the law enforcement of their district.
The creation of these specials service districts will provide opportunities for cost savings due to economies of scale.
This legislation will also stabilize jurisdictional boundaries which will improve short and long range law enforcement planning.