Summarized by Kent Larsen
Salt Lake Proposes to Charge LDS Church for Fire Service
Salt Lake Tribune 19Jan00 B1
By Rebecca Walsh: Salt Lake Tribune
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- In his first state of the city speech, new Salt
Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson, an 'inactive' LDS Church member,
concentrated on the plight of the city, which is facing an $8 million
shortfall, among other problems. Among Anderson's ideas for solving the
budget problem is a proposal to charge property owners for fire
Under the proposal, the city would create a special services district.
In this district every property owner, including nonprofit organizations
like the LDS Church and the State of Utah which do not pay taxes, would
pay an annual fee for fire protection.
By creating this special district, Anderson hopes to raise about $4.8
million toward the budget shortfall. The Salt Lake Tribune article did
not indicate what portion of this assessment would be born by the LDS