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Mayor Marcus Stevenson's Monthly Message (July 2024)

2024-2025 Proposed Budget

Budgeting overview: Municipal budgets run from July 1 to June 31 of each year, which is called a fiscal year. As our new fiscal year is upon us, I’d like to shed some light on our upcoming budget. The annual budget serves as a strategic tool that reflects the City’s values, guides operations, and allocates resources, while considering past, present, and future needs. The budget is crafted based on a year’s worth of data, public input, policymaker priorities, regularity changes, and strategic plans. This message is not intended to be an in-depth look at our upcoming budget, but rather a high-level overview while touching on some of the high points.

General Fund - $30.3 million

The General Fund is where your property tax and sales tax flow into. This fund pays for the day-to-day operational expenses of the city including police services, road, sidewalk, and park maintenance, building inspections, planning efforts, the justice court, I.T., and many other operational expenses. 

Pie ChartEmployees (wages & benefits) - $8 million: With 94.5 employees serving 36,000 people, staff retention is a high priority. Each year, we try to keep up with inflation to support our staff and better ensure our community has the services they deserve. This year we are proposing a 3% cost of living adjustment for all employees.

Unified Police - $13.7 million: Last year, State Legislation forced a reorganizing of the Unified Police Department by removing Salt Lake County from the department. This change has created significant cost increases due to the lost economies of scale. While our community should not see a change in service levels from the reorganization, we will see a $1.7 million increase (14.4%). Law enforcement alone represents 45% of our General Fund.

General Government - $3.8 million: General government encompasses the city’s administration, the mayor and city council, legal, human resources, employee services, and Harvest Days. There are no significant changes to these budgets.

Public Works - $3.4 million: Public works covers streets, sidewalks, facilities, parks, and cemetery maintenance. There are no significant changes to these budgets.

Community Development - $1.6 million: The Community Development department oversees planning and zoning processes, city engineering efforts, code enforcement, and building inspections. Currently, Midvale City contracts out our building official and building plan review responsibilities. The city will begin the transition this year to provide this service in-house as a cost-neutral change. We believe this will provide better service to our businesses and residents, while keeping costs stable.

Administrative Services - $2.6 million: The Administrative Services department oversees finance, information technology, and the Midvale Justice Court. The largest change to this fund is bringing in new software to enhance cross-department efficiency and increased security.

To adequately support the services provided by the general fund, namely the increases from the Unified Police Department, the city is proposing a 14.8% property tax increase, or $32 more per year on the average home. This will generate $451,000 per year. While a challenging increase to propose, I believe the $2.67 per month will be worth ensuring we do not see decreased service levels.

Redevelopment Agency - $16.4 million

Midvale City has three Redevelopment Agency (RDA) areas: Main Street, Jordan Bluffs, and Bingham Junction. If you live in one of these areas, 70-80% of all your property tax is reinvested back into the area to support redevelopment in the form of infrastructure and economic development. It’s through the RDA that we are investing in the revitalization of Main Street. Further, by State law, 20% of all RDA revenues must go towards affordable housing programs.

Midvale Main Buildings and MuralMain Street Improvements - $3 million: The RDA is continuing to invest in public art, finishing the construction of the new community and food truck plaza at city hall, continuing our successful small business loan program, beginning the design of our first above ground parking structure, and continuing to support the many events along the street.

Affordable Housing Programs - $4.5 million: These affordable housing dollars will support bringing on new affordable units with public-private partnerships, as well as continue our investment in the Down Payment Assistance program and the Home Repair Loan Program, which were both released last October.

Infrastructure Improvements - $2.7 million: Infrastructure improvements are used to upgrade outdated and insufficient infrastructure in the Main Street area and bring in new infrastructure to the Jordan Bluffs and Bingham Junction project areas. These funds are used to improve street lighting, upgrade sewer systems, and support other utilities.

Enterprise Funds - $20.5 million

Everything you see on your utility bill paid to Midvale City is an enterprise fund. These funds are paid for by fees attributed to the cost of service. As an example, everything you pay for water to the city gets invested into the city’s water system. Legally, we can’t use enterprise funds to offset other funds. Example: the city can’t use water fees to pay for policing.

Water Utility Fund - $7.8 million: The water fund pays for the cost of water and the infrastructure to deliver water. In 2020, the Midvale City Council adopted a tiered water rate and supported raising water rates by 8% each year for five years to ensure the city could afford needed infrastructure upgrades.

Sewer Utility Fund - $4 million: The sewer fund pays for the cost of processing sewage and the infrastructure to deliver the sewage to the processing plant. Like the water fund, new sewer rates were adopted in 2020 and are increasing by 8% to ensure the city can afford needed infrastructure upgrades.

Storm Water Utility Fund - $2.3 million: The storm water fund is responsible for the maintenance, cleaning, and inspection of all storm water infrastructure within the city. This year, the city is conducting a storm water master plan which will help identify long-term infrastructure needs and associated costs. In anticipation of the results of this master plan, the city is proposing a 4% fee increase.

Sanitation Fund - $1.6 million: The sanitation fund is what the city pays for to provide garbage and recycling pick-up, as well as the bulky-waste, and glass recycling programs. ACE Disposal provides garbage pickup in Midvale, they have an automatic increase in what they charge us each year. This year that means garbage will go from $12.11 to $12.59 and recycling from $4.14 to $4.31.

Street Lighting Fund - $424,000: Several years ago, the city issued a bond to pay for

maintenance, repairs, and the installation or removal of streetlights throughout the city. This year, that bond will be paid off. However, the city is recommending not eliminating the street lighting fee, and instead conducting a street lighting master plan. As lighting deters criminal activity and makes our city safer, I want to ensure we are actively investing in long-term sustainable plans.

Capital Improvement Projects Fund - $28.1 million

The Capital Improvements Projects Fund accounts for financial resources to be used for the acquisition of major capital facilities. This year, there are a few major capital projects: $19 million for a new Public Works building, which is nearing the end of its life. The city has outgrown this facility if we wish to be able to maintain or improve current service levels; $2 million for improvements to Center Street, directly funded by the State of Utah; $5.5 million for Stagg Street improvements to ensure the needed infrastructure for a successful Main Street is in place; $1 million for pavement and sidewalk improvements throughout the city.

Thanks for diving into the Midvale City budget!

City budgets are big and confusing, and I’m proud of all the work that goes into ensuring we spend our community’s tax dollars wisely. If you have questions/comments, don’t hesitate to reach out, or join us at our Truth & Taxation hearing in August.