The Ogden City Council adopted the FY2019 City Budget, following the August 7th Truth in Taxation hearing.
As it did the previous two years, the Council once again approved a proposal to maintain the City’s property tax rate instead of adopting the lower certified tax rate. This is expected to produce 8.82% more revenue, which will be used to enhance existing services and provide more competitive wages and benefits for public safety employees through a new loyalty bonus program.
“We are proud of the dedicated employees working for Ogden City and recognize them as one the city’s most valuable assets,” Council Chair Richard A. Hyer said. “The low unemployment rate in Utah has been both beneficial and challenging for the City. While many of our citizens are getting better jobs and higher wages, the City has found it increasingly difficult to compete in the market, particularly when it comes to public safety. These increases will help attract and retain experienced and talented people.”
The budget also addresses the Council’s priorities of promoting active and healthy living, fostering neighborhoods and building community, developing multi-modal transportation options, enhancing community outreach and engagement, cultivating arts and culture, supporting public safety and other essential services, ensuring fiscal sustainability and transparency, and advancing economic development.
Council members, acting as Redevelopment Agency (RDA) board members and Municipal Building Authority (MBA) trustees, adopted the FY2019 RDA Budget and FY2019 MBA Budget on June 12, 2018.
Budget Information: ogdencity.com/budgetprocess
Ogden City Budget Documents: budget.ogdencity.com
There were several opportunities for public input on this year’s budget, including three public hearings and a Facebook Live Q&A Session.
For additional information, please contact Ogden City Council Executive Director Janene Eller-Smith, JaneneEller-Smith@ogdencity.com; 801-629-8153.