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SLC Council to discuss redistricting, urban farms and the budget

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Tuesday, May 3, the Salt Lake City Council will be tackling a full slate of issues in its afternoon work session and evening meetings.---

The Salt Lake City Council will have their sleeves rolled up when the Tuesday work session starts and staff begin urban farm proposals including new ordinance changes that would redefine hours of operation, permitting and other aspects of community gardens. The ordinance would also strike wind energy system from being a permitted use in the Open Space zoning district and also allow seasonal fruit stands, urban farms and community gardens to offer samples of their produce.

Redistricting will also be something the city council will be briefed on as the Legislature’s redistricting committee is currently meeting to redraw political voting boundaries statewide.

The work session will also begin going over Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker’s proposed budget which includes the Library operating budget. The budget will spill over into the formal evening council meeting where Becker will make the pitch that includes raising property taxes to fund the construction of the new Marmalade Branch Library, located at approximately 300 W. 500 North. The proposed increase would add $5.50 per year in taxes on a home valued at $260,890 and $38.30 on a business valued at $1 million, according to estimates from Library System administrators.

Get engaged with your city leaders Tuesday, May 3, with the work session commencing at 2 p.m. and the formal meeting starting at 7 p.m. at the Salt Lake City & County Building, 451 S. State.

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