There is a need for more transparency in money transfers from the library to the inland port


(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Trucks carrying shipping containers move in and out of Union Pacific’s intermodal terminal west of Salt Lake City at a steady pace. Directly to the south is the future location of the handling facility, which will be the heart of the inland port, as can be seen on Wednesday, November 10, 2021.

At the Salt Lake City City Council meeting on May 17, an amendment to the library budget for fiscal years 2021 and 2022 was unanimously approved, requiring the library to report through-through property taxes to the River Port and County Convention Hotel. The amount is $500,000.

Public comments have raised concerns about the lack of transparency to the public, as this is listed as a Salt Lake City Library resource on property tax returns with no mention of the inland port or hotel as a beneficiary. I realize that this transfer of funds from the library to the port and other facilities is not controlled by the Council, but people should be told where their tax money is being spent. It’s misleading when our tax returns say the money goes one place when it actually goes somewhere else. People deserve to know where their tax dollars are going. Please ensure that future tax assessments are more honest and accurate.

Ann Floor, Salt Lake City

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