FUNDING OUR FUTURE: YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK

As a taxpayer have you ever wanted to see just how your dollars are changing Salt Lake City for the better? Do you want to know where improved transit service is located? Where affordable housing opportunities exist or where street maintenance and reconstruction projects are in the works? 

Well, now you can. 

A new interactive map of Funding Our Future projects — tinyurl.com/fofprojectsmap — lets taxpayers see how critical community needs are being met through projects in each City Council District across the city. With a click, the map shows where projects are in the works or are planned.

A layering feature also allows users to see where different types of projects, such as housing programs and transit service, are occurring in the same areas – providing a fuller picture of how our neighborhoods are changing and how interconnected many City projects are in achieving the larger goals of making our Capital City more equitable, environmentally sustainable, and grow economic opportunities for everyone.

Funding Our Future dollars come from a 0.5 percent increase to the City’s portion of sales tax approved by the Salt Lake City Council in May of 2018 and 2) the GO bond for street reconstruction approved by Salt Lake City voters in November of 2018. This two-part funding strategy, Funding Our Future, followed a nearly yearlong engagement process with City residents and stakeholders that identified four areas of critical needs: streets, housing, transit and neighborhood safety. 

Funding Our Future projects are designed to help Salt Lake City prepare for the anticipated population growth that will increase the demand for housing and services and accommodate the number of daily visitors who commute to our Capital City for work or entertainment.

In 2019, the Funding Our Future initiative contributed $25 million to city coffers to fund several community-priority projects. The City’s recently approved 2020-2021 budget includes approximately $28.5 million for Funding Our Future projects.

Many of the Department of Community and Neighborhoods’ Divisions are implementing Funding Our Future projects. The Transportation and Engineering Divisions are collaborating on transformative street reconstruction projects like 300 West and 200 South, and the Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND) Division is supporting vulnerable members of our community, especially those impacted by COVID, with new rental and mortgage assistance programs funded with money from Funding Our Future. 

More information about Funding Our Future projects is also available here: www.fundingourfurtureslc.com

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