Taxes, Tar Sands & Open Spaces 

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This week, the Salt Lake City Council will hold a Truth in Taxation hearing about a proposed city property-tax increase. Do some camping for a cause this weekend and join the Tar Sands Resistance as it holds a healing walk and protest against a proposed tar-sands mine in central Utah. Later, the Salt Lake City Council will be meeting to talk about a resolution to issue a bond for acquiring open spaces for parks and other amenities.

SLC Truth in Taxation Meeting
Thursday, Aug. 15
Show up and give your two cents on a proposed property-tax increase in Salt Lake City. If the council goes ahead with the hike, the tax on a $249,000 residence would increase from $732.55 to $807.32—an additional $74.77 per year. For a $249,000 business, the tax would increase from $1,331.90 to $1,467.86—$135.96 per year. In total, the hike would be an 8.61 percent increase. Salt Lake City & County Building, 451 S. State, 801-535-7600, Aug. 15, 6 p.m.,

Tar Sands Healing Walk, Solidarity Campout
Friday-Monday, Aug. 16-19
This weekend, the Utah Tar Sands Resistance is holding a healing walk in solidarity with an indigenous group in Alberta, protesting the damage that tar-sands strip mining has done to their land in Canada. What could be the first operational tar-sands mine in the United States is set to begin development adjacent to Utah’s renowned Book Cliffs. Come get some fresh air and learn more about an important eco-battle right in your state’s backyard. For directions to the site, go to and visit for more information.

Salt Lake City Council Bond Hearing
Tuesday, Aug. 20
The Salt Lake City Council is looking for public input on a resolution that would issue a general-obligation bond, not to exceed $3,020,000, to finance all or a portion of acquiring and preserving open space, parks and recreational land in the city. Salt Lake City & County Building, 451 S. State, 801-535-7600, Aug. 20, 7 p.m.,; comments can also be e-mailed to

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