The CivLAC Committee met this week to discuss the upcoming Legislative Session and UAC priorities. As part of the discussion, the group discussed a number of Tax Reform issues; including certified tax rate timing changes, centrally assessed new growth adjustments that will move the system from a benchmark to a five-year rolling average, two different homeless resource center funding proposals, Board of Equalization appeal changes, and tax liens. There will also be a lot of focus around transportation, particularly land-use and corridor planning and changes to the UTA Governance board structure.
Another major priority for counties will be funding for election equipment, which you can read more about here. Finally, the committee discussed JRI spending, which has only been a fraction of the $6 million appropriated through grants to the counties for JRI projects. The awarding committee have requested additional information on spending schedules and will be reviewing whether or not those funds can be drawn down within the fiscal year.
Finally, CivLAC discussed the resolutions of Salt Lake, Weber, and Utah counties to address Utah’s opioid epidemic and considerations for possible opioid litigation. Counties have been receiving several proposals from both local and national law firms and are considering their options. Anyone interested in additional information can contact UAC staff.