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January 12, 2024 – Community Planning Lab Applications, Community Engagement Opportunities, Radon Awareness Month



It’s our 100th episode!

Today, we cover…

  • Application Deadline for Spring 2024 Community Planning Lab
  • Community Engagement Opportunities: Ure Ranch Open House, Cedar Crest Overlay Meeting
  • 2024 Presidential Primary Elections
  • Radon Awareness Month
  • 2024 Summit County Health Fee Schedule
  • Applications Open for Summit County Board of Health Positions

CPL Application Deadline
It’s time to apply for the SPRING 2024 Community Planning Lab, a 10-week course that can help YOU understand the processes that drive local planning and land use policy decisions.

Learn more and apply at summitcounty.org/planninglab. The deadline is January 17.

Cedar Crest Village Overlay Meeting
Speaking of planning and land use, mark your calendars for an upcoming Eastern Summit County Planning Commission meeting related to the Cedar Crest Village Overlay. 

The meeting will take place on January 18, 2024 at the Ledges Event Center starting at 6 PM. The agenda and staff report for the meeting  can be found at summitcounty.org/agendacenter. You’ll just have to scroll down to the Eastern Summit County Planning Commission section. You can also find more information about the project itself at summitcounty.org/cedarcrest.

Ure Ranch Open House
In March 2023, Summit County entered into an option agreement with the Ure family to acquire their farm in the Kamas Valley that is approximately 834-acres. To fund the purchase, Summit County will combine 2021 GO Bond (or Open Space) funds with funds from Summit Land Conservancy, limited development opportunities, state and federal grants, and other open space partners.

A Community Open House will be held on January 22nd from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Kamas Services Building located at 110 N. Main St. in Kamas, to learn about and contribute ideas and feedback on possible land use. Childcare and light dinner will be provided. All are welcome to attend.

While no decisions have been finalized for the property use yet, the County is committed to preserving the majority of the wet meadows as protected agriculture and open space.

The remainder of the property is being considered for historic preservation, education space, community gathering venues, recreation opportunities, continued agriculture/ranching production, and community housing or local family businesses.

So mark your calendars for January 22nd from 6pm to 8pm at the Kamas Services Building. We hope to see you there!

2024 Presidential Primary Elections
Heads up Summit County Voters! Your ballots for the 2024 Presidential Primary Election will be mailed by the Summit County Clerk’s Office on February 13 and should arrive in your mailboxes around February 16. Keep an eye out! Election Day is March 5!

You can cast your vote in person at early voting on February 29, March 1, March 2, and March 4. Can’t make it in-person? Your completed ballot should be placed in a Dropbox by 8 PM on March 5 or be placed in the mail with a postmark of March 4.

Questions? Visit summitcounty.org/elections to learn more OR contact the Summit County Clerk’s Office at 435-336-3040.

Radon Awareness
January is Radon Awareness Month! But, “What is radon?” you ask? It is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is produced from the breakdown of Uranium in the soil. Radon enters the air of homes through cracks, pipes or ventilation.

Protect your family by testing for radon in your home! Summit County Health is offering $10 radon test kits for you to sample the air where you live. The more people that participate, the better  Summit County can track high areas of radon in our community. Visit any Summit County Health Department location in Kamas, Coalville or Park City to pick up your test kit today! If you have questions, contact the Health Department at 435-333-1511 or visit summitcountyhealth.org

Summit County Health Fee Schedule
Every three years Summit County Health re-evaluates the fee schedule to ensure that fees accurately reflect the services being provided to the community. The 2024 fee schedule was approved by the Board of Health on January 8, 2024. The new fee schedule, which began January 8 , 2024 can be found at summitcountyhealth.org

Applications Open for Summit County Board of Health Positions
Summit County Health is opening applications for positions on the Summit County Board of Health.There are currently five positions open for applicants. Summit County Board of Health is specifically seeking a member from the following groups: 1) Park City representative, 2) Snyderville Basin representative, 3) North Summit representative, 4) South Summit representative, and 5) a Citizen at Large.

Interested applicants must submit an online application at: summitcounty.info/bohapp. For further information contact Amy Jones at 435-336-3042. Deadline for applications is 5:00pm, Wednesday January, 24, 2024. Interested applicants must be a resident of Summit County. 

 


January 5, 2024 – Council Chair + Vice Chair, 2024 Election Info, Upcoming Ure Ranch Open House & Summit County Travel Dashboard



Today, we cover…

  • A recap of this week’s county council meeting.
  • Some important info on the 2024 election cycle.
  • An upcoming community open house where folks can learn about and share thoughts on possible land uses for the Ure Ranch property.
  • A reminder about the Summit County Travel Dashboard, a great tool that can help you plan your trips in and around the county with travel times, live traffic cameras, digital road signs, and local weather forecasts.

COUNCIL RECAP 

At the first County Council meeting of 2024, the Council appointed this year’s Council Chair and Vice Chair. Malena Stevens will serve as Chair, and Tonya Hanson will serve as Vice Chair! 

Also at this week’s meeting the council was given their 2024 committee assignments. Basically, these committee assignments designate which council members will have a deeper involvement and representation in various issues across the county. For example, Tonja and Chris will serve as Open Space Liasons throughout the year and Malena will act as the Early Childhood Alliance Liaison, and so on. 

For a full list of committee assignments, visit summitcounty.info/committees

2024 ELECTIONS 

We wanted to take a moment to remind our listeners about some important things you’ll want to know NOW for the 2024 Election Cycle. 

First, if you’re planning to file to run for office in 2024, you must do so before January 8th, 2024 (so that’s this coming MONDAY). For a full list of the offices to be filled at the regular general election, you can visit summitcounty.info/noticeofelection.

In the past, the filing period has been in MARCH. Anyone who is currently in office is likely aware of this change, but anyone thinking about filing may not be aware.

Second, the last day to change your political party affiliation for the 2024 Primaries is January 9, 2024. This coming TUESDAY! 

Next, to register, view, or update your voter registration go to www.vote.utah.gov. You might need to do this if you’ve moved recently, aren’t yet registered to vote, or want to vote in a 2024 primary for the Republican, Libertarian, or Constitution parties and are not yet registered with one of those parties.

Finally, if you’d like to receive a Democratic Ballot and are not a registered Democrat, you need to update your registration at www.vote.utah.gov requesting one or request one in writing.

If you have any questions about the 2024 Election Cycle, please contact the Summit County Clerk’s Office at elections@summitcounty.org or 435-336-3040.

URE RANCH OPEN HOUSE 

In March 2023, Summit County entered into an option agreement with the Ure family to acquire their approximately 834-acre farm in the Kamas Valley. To fund the purchase, Summit County will combine 2021 GO Bond (or Open Space) funds with funds from Summit Land Conservancy, limited development opportunities, state and federal grants, and other open space partners.

A Community Open House will be held on January 22nd from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Kamas Services Building located at 110 N. Main St. in Kamas, to learn about and contribute ideas and feedback on possible land use. Childcare and light dinner will be provided. All are welcome to attend.

While no decisions have been finalized for the entirety of the property use yet, the County is committed to preserving the majority of the wet meadows as protected agriculture and open space. The remainder of the property is being considered for historic preservation, education space, community gathering venues, recreation opportunities, continued agriculture/ranching production, and community housing or local family businesses.

So mark your calendars for January 22nd from 6pm to 8pm at the Kamas Services Building. We hope to see you there!

SUMMIT COUNTY TRAVEL DASHBOARD 

And, finally, in case you missed it, last year, together with UDOT and Park City Municipal, Summit County launched a Summit County Travel Dashboard. You can use this brand new tool to get updates every 10-20 minutes on travel times & road conditions for state routes in Summit County. 

It’s a great way to help ensure a safe trip, especially with the increased traffic ski season and sundance will continue to bring the next couple months! Visit summitcounty.udot.utah.gov to check it out! 


December 13, 2023 – Our Summit Vision and Strategic Plan, Dakota Pacific News, Truth in Taxation Conclusion & 2024 Budget Approvals



TODAY, WE COVER…

  • Grand finale of the year-long community visioning process
  • Big Dakota Pacific-related news
  • Property tax increase for Assessing and Collecting Fund 
  • 2024 budgets 

OUR SUMMIT 

Last week, the Our Summit project team was in front of council to present a highly polished version of the Vision and Strategic Plan for Summit County. Prior to the presentation, community members, staff, and elected and appointed officials had the opportunity to make comments and suggestions and ask questions on the draft document. 

From here, the final version of the Vision and Strategic Plan will be available on the Summit County website by January 12, 2024. 

Outside the plan itself, some suggested next steps from the project team included: 

  • Committing to an annual monitoring and evaluation of the Vision and Strategic Plan during a County Council meeting, retreat, or special session.
  • Updating the County General Plans to align with the objectives, priorities, and strategies outlined in the Vision and Strategic Plan. 
  • Updating and/or creating Future Land Use Maps that achieve the goals in each General Plan and utilize area specific values and priorities that have been collected during this process. 
  • Encouraging future county department work plans to utilize and/or align with the objectives, priorities, and strategies outlined in the Vision and Strategic Plan. 
  • Planning for ongoing engagement with the community to demonstrate progress toward community-identified goals. 

I’m sure this won’t be the last time we discuss the results of the Our Summit Community Visioning Process and how they will impact the work the County organization does moving forward. 

But, in general, we wanted to extend a heartfelt thank you to the community for their consistent and valuable feedback this past year. This Vision and Strategic Plan was built by YOU and we can’t wait to watch the ways it will make Summit County better moving forward. 

DAKOTA PACIFIC 

At this week’s County Council meeting, Council Chair, Roger Armstrong, announced that the Utah State Legislature had reached out to Summit County and Dakota Pacific separately to ask if each party was willing to pause the ongoing litigation and resume discussions. The County Council agreed to do so. 

The agreement pauses proceedings where they are and allows for a 6-month period to continue discussions outside of the courtroom. 

The Council will have a limited number of closed meetings to identify the specific issues outstanding and to set a timeline to discuss those issues publicly. We’ll be sure to keep our listeners updated on this process as it continues to move forward. 

TAX INCREASE  

The public hearings related to the county’s proposed tax increase for 2024 have come to an end. Following the series of public hearings, at this week’s County Council meeting, the Council decided to proceed with increasing the rate for the Assessing and Collecting fund as part of the Truth in Taxation process. This will allow the County to collect $1.4 million, money that would mostly impact the Assessor’s Office, Recorder’s Office, Auditor’s Office, and Treasurer’s Office. The increase will impact the average resident (with a home value of approximately $1.3 million) by about $23 per year. 

Through various budget cuts, the county was able to balance the budget enough to not proceed with tax increases for the General Fund or the Municipal Services Fund.

COUNTY BUDGET 

Finally, and also following the close of Truth in Taxation public hearings, the Council voted to approve the 2024 county budget. Our listeners can review the budget on the homepage of the Summit County website www.summitcounty.org

The Council also approved the following 2024 budgets:

  • Park City Fire District
  • North Summit Fire Service District
  • Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District
  • Mountain Regional Water Special Service District
  • North Summit Special Recreation District  

OUTRO

Alright that’s it for today and for 2023! We’ll be back with more on Summit in Six in the new year! We hope our listeners have a happy and healthy holiday season.


December 1, 2023 – Winter Storm Warning, County Council Recap, County Budget Discussions & Community Planning Lab Final Project Presentations



Today, we cover… 

  • Winter weather reminders with the snow we’re expecting this weekend!
  • Recap of this week’s County Council meeting
  • Upcoming public engagement opportunities, including the upcoming Truth in Taxation public hearings and the Community Planning Lab’s Final Project Presentations. 

WINTER WEATHER REMINDERS

A winter storm warning is in effect for Summit County today, December 1, through 5 PM Sunday, December 3. Heavy snow between 8-16 inches is expected.

With that much snow on the horizon, we wanted to remind our listeners of two useful tools that can turn to this winter. 

The Trash Dash will be your go-to place for waste collection and recycling information. It has Republic Services’ Winter Weather Delay policy listed, information on how you can sign up to receive service updates from Republic Services straight to your phone, how and where you can report a missed service in your trash or recycling, what best practices are for your curbside service, and more. You can locate the Trash Dash at summitcounty.info/trashdash

Another really helpful tool to utilize as the snow starts to really accumulate are the County’s Winter Safety Reminders, which you can find at summitcounty.info/wintersafety. This document gives you information on snow plow operations, the county right-of-way and personal property, winter parking restrictions, how to properly mark your utilities, and more! Again, you can access that document at summitcounty.info/wintersafety

COUNTY COUNCIL RECAP

At this week’s County Council meeting, proposed changes to the county-wide fee schedule were discussed. The county wide fee schedule basically establishes the cost for services provided by the county. 

Some highlights of the proposed changes include: 

  • The solid waste division recommends tipping fees for mixed waste, green waste, and animal carcasses be adjusted to $40 per ton at 3 Mile, and $36 per ton at Henefer landfills. 
  • They also recommended fees associated “special waste” disposal at the landfills. If residents choose to dispose of a mobile home at the landfill, staff recommend a fee of $500 and for disposal of boats or campers a fee of $100. 
  • The library was charging $40 for a six-week driver’s license class for Spanish speakers, however, the class has moved to a Zoom-based platform and the Library desires to remove this fee from the fee schedule as changing it to an electronic format has done away with overhead costs for the class. 

You can review a full list of proposed changes at: summitcounty.info/fees24

In two weeks, on December 13, the county-wide fee schedule will be back before the Council for a public hearing and possible approval. If residents have thoughts on the proposed changes to the fee schedule, the 13th will be the time to voice your comments.

Also at this week’s Council meeting, there was a discussion on child care in Summit County. The Early Childhood Alliance, in collaboration with Summit County staff, developed a proposal for the County Council’s consideration to assist childcare providers and families in Summit County. 

The County was asked to provide $200,000 of funding for an employer match program that would allow for childcare expenses to be shared by the employer, the employee, and the County with each contributing one-third of the cost. Eligibility would be based on the employee’s family size and household income and would apply to Summit County employers only. A program like this would allow employers to invest and retain their talent; help employees pay for quality childcare; and help childcare providers stabilize their businesses. 

Additionally, the County was asked to provide $130,000 for a Summit County Needs-Based Scholarship Program. This program would provide a needs-based scholarship, administered by a third-party contractor to Summit County residents earning less than 65% AMI. 

No formal decision was made, but the Council was interested in exploring if there was room to include at least a portion of the proposal in the 2024 County budget. More conversation will certainly be had on this topic as we move through budget discussions this month. 

BUDGET PUBLIC HEARINGS

Speaking of the 2024 county budget, several conversations took place this week amongst county staff and the council. The goal of these discussions is for the Council and the County to come up with a budget that might help avoid going through Truth in Taxation. There was a specific focus this week on what cuts need to be made to the tentative budget to make that happen. Next week, on Monday, December 4, the Council will meet again to continue these discussions.

An important reminder to our listeners: on Wednesday, December 6 and the following week on Wednesday, December 13, there will be public hearings related to Truth in Taxation. Truth in Taxation is a public hearing process that allows residents to learn about and comment on the County’s proposal to increase property tax revenues. 

With the exception of new growth, a taxing authority may not receive more property tax revenues than what was received the prior year. The property tax calculation does not consider inflation or other increases in providing services.

The Utah Taxpayers Association recommends that taxing entities address inflation by going through this process every five to eight years. Summit County last went through the Truth in Taxation process in 2017. Other special service districts in the County, such as Service Area #6 have not gone through the process since 2013.

You can find more information about these public hearings at summitcounty.info/truthintaxation

COMMUNITY PLANNING LAB

The Fall 2023 Community Planning Lab participants, some of your friends and neighbors, have spent the last 10 weeks learning about planning in Summit County and designing a project to benefit our community!

They will be showcasing their final presentations to the Summit County community on Monday, December 4 at the Kamas Valley Branch of the Summit County Library (110 N. Main Street, Kamas).

All are welcome! Please join us anytime between 6-8 PM.


November 17, 2023 – County Council Schedule for Remainder of 2023, Republic Services’ Winter Operations Plan, Short-Term Nightly Rentals & Regional Housing Authority



Today, we cover…

  • A preview of what the County Council’s schedule looks like for the rest of the year. There are some important budget and tax related discussions coming up we think our listeners will want to tune into.
  • Republic Services Winter Operations Plan
  • Short-Term Nightly Rentals
  • Regional Housing Authority

COUNCIL SCHEDULE PREVIEW 

As we near the end of 2023, the County Council’s schedule is chock full and looks a little different than just the regularly scheduled weekly Wednesday meetings. 

We want to make sure our listeners are aware of what’s to come now through December because some really important discussions will be taking place related to the 2024 tentative county budget, the proposed truth in taxation process, and more. All of these dates and meeting topics will be linked in our show notes and on the county website’s homepage, so no need to pull over if you’re listening to this episode while driving–we’ve got you covered!

There are no council meetings next week which is the week of Thanksgiving. We hope our listeners have a wonderful holiday. A quick reminder that County offices are closed Thursday the 23rd and Friday the 24th in observance of the holiday.

On Wednesday, November 29, the Council will meet to continue general discussions on the proposed 2024 county budget, among other topics. At this meeting, there will also be two public hearings scheduled. The first hearing is related to project funding under the Community Development Block Grant Small Cities Program. The second is a hearing on the Impact Fee Facilities Plan for Park City Fire District. 

On Monday, December 4, the Council will meet again solely to continue general discussions on the proposed 2024 county budget. It’s important that county taxpayers tune into these conversations because they provide really awesome insight into how the council is stewarding their tax dollars for 2024. 

On Wednesday, December 6, the Council has a jam packed meeting on the books. On the 6th, they’ll kick things off with a discussion regarding the 910 Cattle Ranch, a large property north of Jeremy Ranch that the Summity County acquired earlier this year. 

They’ll also discuss and possibly adopt a resolution that increases the limit for tax relief income AND listen to a final presentation of the Our Summit Visioning project and next steps from the Our Summit project team.

Finally, there are ten…you heard us right…TEN public hearings scheduled for the December 6 meeting.

To preview those public hearings as quick as we can…

  • There will be public hearings and possible adoption of the 2023 Budget Amendments and 2024 Budgets for Park City Fire Service District, Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District, and Mountain Regional Water Special Service District.
  • There will also be a Truth in Taxation public hearing and possible adoption of North Summit Special Recreation District’s Proposed Property Tax Rate Increase AND a Public hearing and possible adoption of North Summit Rec’s 2023 Budget Amendments and 2024 Budget.
  • Finally, the Council will move into several County Truth in Taxation public hearings. Truth in Taxation is a public hearing process that allows residents to learn about and comment on the County’s proposal to increase property tax revenues. With the exception of new growth, a taxing authority may not receive more property tax revenues than what was received the prior year. The property tax calculation does not consider inflation or other increases in providing services. The Utah Taxpayers Association recommends that taxing entities address inflation by going through this process every five to eight years. Summit County last went through the Truth in Taxation process in 2017. Other special service districts in the County, such as Service Area #6 have not gone through the process since 2013.
  • There will be separate public hearings for the county’s general fund, municipal services fund, assessing and collecting fund and one for Service Area No. 6. The proposed tax rate increase affects each of these funds differently.
    • For example, if the proposed increase is approved the county’s general fund would increase its property tax budgeted revenue by 15.64%. This could equate to approximately $45.36 more on this line item of your property tax bill for a primary residence valued at $1.3M.
    • The county’s municipal services fund, if the proposed increase is approved, would increase its property tax budgeted revenue by 5.94%. This could equate to approximately $11.86 more on this line item of your property tax bill for a primary residence valued at $1.2M.
    • The county’s assessing and collecting fund would increase its property tax budgeted revenue by 37.52% if the proposed increase is approved. This could equate to approximately $23.05 more on this line item of your property tax bill for a primary residence valued at roughly $1.3M.
    • And, finally, Service Area #6 would increase its property tax budgeted revenue by 69.37% if the proposed increase is approved. This could equate to $91.63 more on this line item of your property tax bill for a primary residence valued at $1.2M.

Taxpayers can learn about the proposed increase at summitcounty.info/truthintaxation

Additionally, you should have received a Truth in Taxation document in the mail from the County Treasurer. This document will have your individual potential impact should the county proceed with the proposed tax increase. This is important because everyone will be impacted differently!

Also…and were still on the December 6 meeting…there will be a Public hearing on the Summit County Council’s 2023 Budget Amendments. And, finally, a Public hearing on the Summit County Council 2024 Budget. 

Next, on Monday, December 11, the Council will meet again solely to continue general discussions on the proposed 2024 county budget. Like we mentioned earlier, county taxpayers might want to tune into these conversations because they show you how decisions are made about how the county uses your tax dollars! 

On Monday, December 13, there will be several more public hearings held. First, the Council will convene as the Governing Board of North Summit Fire Service District and hold a Public hearing and possibly adopt North Summit Fire’s 2023 Budget Amendments and their 2024 Budget. 

Then, the Council will hold a public hearing and possibly adopt the County Wide Fee Schedule. The county wide fee schedule basically establishes the cost for services provided by the county. For example, it establishes how much it would cost if you used our notary services or what the fine would be if you park on a county road during the winter season (which is not allowed unless otherwise marked from November 15 – April 15 every year). 

Finally, the Council will continue the County Truth in Taxation public hearings from December 6 on Wednesday, December 13. So, if you didn’t get a chance to participate the week prior, that December 13 meeting is your chance to comment on the county’s proposed tax increase. 

If you want more information on any of these meetings, please visit summitcounty.org/agendacenter. There you can find the meeting date you’re interested in learning more about, click on the agenda, and read through the staff reports related to each item. 

Then, you can either attend each meeting in person or participate online! Each agenda in the County’s Agenda Center has a meeting location and Zoom Link linked at the very top. 

REPUBLIC SERVICES 

At last week’s County Council meeting, which occurred on November 8, Republic Services presented to the Council about their Winter 2023 – 2024 Operations Plan. 

The Republic Services Team shared that this winter they have an updated Fleet, with three new residential and two front load trucks with an additional Container Delivery truck coming online in December! They also shared that they are currently fully staffed with additional winter assistance coming locally from Republic Services’ Salt Lake, Pleasant Grove, and Ogden divisions.

In terms of communication with the public, Republic Services encourages all county residents to sign up for notifications to receive targeted phone messages and/or text messages from Republic Services when service is delayed due to weather. Residents can learn how to sign up for those notifications at summitcounty.info/trashdash

On the Trash Dash, Republic Services’ Winter Weather Delay policy is also listed. It basically states that if your service is missed due to weather this winter, bring your cans in overnight and have them back out by 7 am the next day for pick up. If containers are still unable to be serviced, Republic Services will not return until the next regularly scheduled service day (so that’s the following week for trash or two weeks for recycling service).

I think if we leave our listeners with anything from this segment, it’s that you should sign up to receive phone notifications from Republic Services about your waste collection service and that you can do that at summitcounty.info/trashdash

SHORT TERM RENTALS

During the council meeting on November 8th, Summit County voted 4-1 to make amendments to Eastern Summit County and Snyderville Basin Development Codes that requires a minimum rental period of 30 days for Accessory Dwelling Units (aka ADUs). This action brings Summit County into compliance with pre-existing state code that passed in May 2023 and helps decrease the number of nightly rentals in our area that have been contributing to the shortage of long-term workforce housing. The state ’s code has an overarching goal to be part of a solution to the state’s housing crisis: opening up more spaces for people to live in for the long term.

REGIONAL HOUSING AUTHORITY

At the joint Summit County – Park City council meeting on November 14 the Regional Housing Authority Exploratory Committee delivered an update and provided policy directions on any potential next steps towards the creation of a Regional Housing Authority.

First off, let’s go over what a Housing Authority is…It’s a governmental body that governs aspects of housing and provides low rent housing options to qualified residents.

As some background, Summit County and Park City have been in serious discussion since April 2023 about the creation of Regional Housing Authority. Since April, the two councils created a working committee (with one council member from Summit County and one from Park City) and that committee has since provided information about a potential implementation timeline for and the benefits of creating a regional housing authority.

The committee determined that the benefits of creating a regional housing authority include:

  • Increasing efficiency in the development of affordable housing
  • Creating a “centralized clearing house” for all housing-related issues
  • Providing separation from political pressure and competing interests that can be found in local government
  • Allowing access to funding sources that might not be available to other governmental agencies and non-profit organizations
  • The state of Utah has mandated increasing regional collaboration among government agencies

All in all: council members from Park City and Summit County agreed during their meeting that they will move forward with working together on this regional housing authority, but no final vote was made and the next joint meeting is in January.


November 3, 2023 – County Council Recap, Cedar Crest Village Overlay Public Hearing, Summit Bike Share Survey & Summit County Vision and Strategic Plan Review Opportunity



Today, we cover…

  • A recap of this week’s county council meeting
  • Cedar Crest Village Overlay public hearing
  • Two important community input opportunities happening right now

BUDGETS 

In some quick budget related news, at this week’s County Council meeting, the Council approved the 2024 budgets of Park City Fire District, Mountain Regional Water Special Service District, North Summit Special Recreation District, and North Summit Fire District. 

The Council also discussed the County’s proposed 2024 budget. They had a conversation around new programs for 2024, any areas of significant increase from the year prior, and anything that might have been left out of next year’s tentative budget. 

Next week, the council will continue their general discussions related to the proposed 2024 county budget. These discussions might be interesting to our listeners because the 2024 budget is precisely how your tax dollars will be spent. These discussions, which are part of planning for a finalized 2024 budget, are a look into how those decisions are made. You’ll also have the opportunity to comment on the budget before it is approved later this year:

Next month, on December 6 and December 13, there will be public hearings on the proposed 2024 county budget. We will be sure to keep our listeners updated on the details surrounding those hearings as they get closer. 

PINEBROOK 

Also at this week’s County Council meeting, the Council held a public hearing regarding the Pinebrook Townhomes Rezone and Conditional Use Permit for a 22-unit townhome project. 

The land the Pinebrook Townhomes project sits on was previously used as a tennis court for the Homeowners Association of the surrounding Elk Run at Pinebrook Condominiums. In 2015, Staff determined that the land parcel was a Lot of Record because it didn’t actually fall within the Elk Run at Pinebrook Subdivision. Therefore, the property was eligible for development under the requirements of the Snyderville Basin Development Code. Following the determination that the property was a Lot of Record, the Homeowners Association sold the property.

The review process for the current development proposal has been ongoing since September of 2020 when the Snyderville Basin Planning Commission first held a work session related to it. 

After hearing from several dozens of community members on Wednesday night, all of whom had mixed reviews on the project, the Council ultimately decided to approve the rezone with some restrictions. The vote was 4-1. 

The council was in favor of the lower density option, which would allow for up to 12 units. They also required that the units must be all deed-restricted affordable, meaning the 50% of the units have to be at 60% AMI and the other 50% of units will be 80% AMI. In addition, they specified there would be no commercial uses and no nightly or short-term rentals allowed. 

From here, and before the developer can break ground, they must return to the Snyderville Basin Planning Commission to get a conditional use permit or CUP. Following the decision on the CUP, the applicant will go back to the Council for a Development Agreement process which will hone in details like density, AMI and use requirements/restrictions, as well as other details not covered in depth by the initial rezone decision. The CUP will be an exhibit to the Development Agreement. We’ll keep our listeners updated on this process as it moves along.

CEDAR CREST 

Yesterday, on Thursday, November 2, the Eastern Summit County Planning Commission held a public hearing related to the Cedar Crest Village Overlay Rezone and Master Planned Development. 

For some background context on this project, back in April of 2018, the County approved the process for creating a Village Overlay Zone. A village overlay zone is basically a property owner-driven master planned area, intended to reestablish and revitalize existing communities in Eastern Summit County.

A year later, in April of 2019, an application for the Cedar Crest Village Overlay Zone was submitted by 25 property owners, which has since grown to 30 property owners, and is currently still going through the review process. The Cedar Crest Village Overlay is asking to rezone approximately 1,085 acres to a mix of residential and commercial uses. 

The County has not taken any final action in regard to this proposal.

At this week’s public hearing dozens of members of the greater Hoytsville community expressed their opinions on the proposed zone. There were concerns raised related to the density of the project and the number of people it could bring to Hoytsville. It seemed the community was wary about the effects the proposal might have on the culture and character of Hoytsville, as well as on its existing infrastructure like roads and water. Others, who are in support of the project, advocate for the need for affordable housing and the importance of getting involved in inevitable change to make it the best it can be for the community they love. 

From here, the opportunity for public comment related to Cedar Crest will continue at a December 7 public hearing. We will be sure to keep our listeners updated on the details of that meeting as they become available. 

In the meantime, if our listeners are interested in learning more about the project, please visit www.cedarcresthoytsville.com. This website has background on the project, details about the proposal, and a feedback tab where community members can express their opinions about the project ongoing, and outside of formal public hearings. Again that’s www.cedarcresthoytsville.com

SBS SURVEY 

Summit Bike Share closed for the season last week on Thursday, October 26. 

We encourage residents and visitors (even if you didn’t use the bikes this year) to take Summit Bike Share’s end-of-season survey at summitcounty.info/bikesurvey

Your answers will help guide Summit Bike Share’s future system improvements and expansion efforts. The best part? The survey only takes five minutes to complete!

OUR SUMMIT 

The Our Summit Community Visioning and Strategic Plan is ready for the public’s review and comment at oursummitcounty.com

Reading through the draft will show you, firsthand, how YOUR input over the last year has influenced the Summit County vision. 

And guess what? If you have feedback on the drafted plan and vision, this is the time to continue to use your voice! The feedback window closes on November 26. 

Again, check it out and give comment at oursummitcounty.com.


November 1, 2023 – 2023 Municipal General Elections



BRIDGET 

Hey everyone and welcome to a special edition of our weekly news podcast, Summit in Six. 

Earlier this year, we sat down with Summit County Clerk, Eve Furse, to talk about all things Municipal Primary Elections. We covered when the primaries were taking place, how, where and when you could vote, the importance of voting in local elections, and much more. 

This time, we’re back to cover the 2023 Municipal GENERAL Elections. This conversation with Eve will give YOU the information you’ll need to successfully cast your vote later next month! 

With that said, Eve, thanks for being here AGAIN! 

EVE > BRIDGET  

Thanks for having me back, Bridget! I’m happy to be here not only to help share the information related to this year’s general elections, but also so that I can emphasize to your listeners the importance of voting in these local elections. 

They are the time where YOU are really deciding on the people who make decisions that truly impact our day to day lives. So, if your city or district is holding an election this year, please, please get out and vote!  

EVE > BRIDGET

Absolutely! Like I said last time, I hope today’s conversation makes this year’s local elections more accessible to our community. 

Ok, Eve, let’s get into it. First things first, if you’re listening to this and not YET registered to vote but want to vote in this year’s general election, is it too late? 

EVE > BRIDGET

No! The deadline to register and receive a vote by mail ballot for the General Election is Monday, November 13, 2023. 

The easiest way to register if you have an up to date driver’s license is to go to voter.utah.gov. Voters who are not registered by that date, but are otherwise eligible to vote, may vote provisionally in early voting and in person on Election Day. 

BRIDGET > EVE

And, can you explain what voting provisionally means for your listeners? 

EVE > BRIDGET

Yes! So, when somebody votes provisionally its because we don’t have them registered in our system and they need to bring two forms of identification, one showing who they are and the other showing where they live. We need the opportunity to be able to verify that and make sure they are eligible to vote. We don’t want people to loose the ability to vote. What we do is have people but their completed ballot into a particular envelope that has that particular proof. My office checks the proof. If it matches then we count the ballot, if we can’t verify it then we don’t count the ballot. 

BRIDGET > EVE

Great! So it’s just a way to allow people to vote, with the condition that more information is required to validate their eligibility to vote.  

EVE > BRIDGET

Exactly! 

BRIDGET > EVE

Ok, so now let’s get into the details of the upcoming elections. When are this year’s Municipal General Elections happening?  

EVE > BRIDGET

In case your listeners missed it, back in June of this year, the Governor and Legislature moved both the primary and general election dates for this year in order to accommodate for a special election following the resignation of Utah Congressman Chris Stewart. 

This year’s General Election date has been moved and will take place on Tuesday, November 21, 2023. 

BRIDGET > EVE

Thanks, Eve. This isn’t a permanent change right?  

EVE > BRIDGET  

No! It’s important to note that this change is not permanent and only pertains to this year’s elections. 

BRIDGET > EVE 

Ok awesome! Thanks for clarifying. 

So, what districts are hosting general elections this year? 

EVE > BRIDGET 

There will be General Elections held for… 

  • Coalville City (residents with 84017 zip code) 
  • Kamas City (residents with 84036 zip code) 
  • Park City (residents with 84060 zip code) 
  • Oakley City (residents with 84036 and 84055 zip codes) 
  • Snyderville Water Reclamation District (generally residents with 84098 zip code) 
  • And, South Summit Fire District (residents who live in the following precincts: Francis East and West, Kamas North and South, Oakley North and South, Peoa, South Summit East, South Summit West, South Summit South, and Weber Canyon.) 

BRIDGET > EVE 

What if people aren’t sure what precinct they fall in? 

EVE > BRIDGET 

That could be understandable, especially after the redistricting in 2020. Luckily, we have a great online Interactive Map that helps our community identify their voting district — all they have to do is type in their address! You can access the map at summitcounty.info/precinctmaps

BRIDGET > EVE 

That sounds like an awesome tool! Thanks for sharing that. 

And, ultimately, you’ll know if you live in a district having an election because you’ll receive a ballot in the mail! 

So, now folks know when the elections are happening and IF they’re community is having an election. Now, how do they find out WHO the candidates they can vote for are? 

EVE > BRIDGET 

For candidate information for the General Elections, please contact your city, town, or special service district. If you don’t know who to contact, don’t worry, my office has gathered all relevant contact information for each municipality, and it can be found on the Clerk’s Webpage at summitcounty.org/elections right there on the landing page. 

Also vote.utah.gov is the Lt. Governor’s page and will have links to candidate bios. 

BRIDGET > EVE 

And what about sample ballots, which are a great tool to help folks prepare for the elections. 

EVE > BRIDGET 

Yes! Sample ballots usually contain an image of what the actual ballot looks like, including candidates, questions, and instructions for voting.

People can find sample ballots for their precincts at the Clerk’s Webpage at summitcounty.org/elections right there on the landing page. 

BRIDGET > EVE 

Alright, now that we’ve covered registering to vote, preparing to vote, and talked about what elections are actually happening…let’s talk about HOW people can vote. 

EVE > BRIDGET 

Let’s! So, active registered voters will receive a ballot in the mail about three weeks before the election (so around the end of October / beginning of November) and there are several ways to return their ballot: by Mail, through Dropbox and In Person! 

BRIDGET > EVE 

And, we’re going to cover each method, but first, let’s talk about early voting. Is that an option for folks for the General Elections this year? 

EVE > BRIDGET 

Yes, of course! Early voting for the General Elections will take place on November 16, November 17, November 18 and on November 20. Voters will be able to vote early at the Kimball Junction Branch of the Summit County Library and at my office, the County Clerk’s Office in the Summit County Courthouse, from 8am – 5pm. 

BRIDGET > EVE 

Awesome! These locations can be found at summitcounty.info/2023elections. Let’s move on to voting by mail. What does that look like for this year’s general? 

EVE > BRIDGET 

Sure, so for the General Elections, ballots must be postmarked by November 20, 2023. 

BRIDGET > EVE 

What address do voters return their completed ballots to? 

EVE > BRIDGET 

If you were wondering where to mail your completed ballot to, don’t stress! All ballots are mailed out with a preprinted return envelope that voters must sign, so voters do not need to worry about a return address.

BRIDGET > EVE 

That’s awesome! I’ll reiterate for our listeners that if you’re returning your ballot by mail, please remember to sign it before mailing it back! 

Ok, so what about utilizing drop boxes this year? 

EVE > BRIDGET 

Of course. So, you can drop completed ballots for the General Elections at the following locations until 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, November 21, 2023.  

  • Park City Hall/Marsac Building
  • The Market at Park City 
  • Quinn’s Health Department                
  • Summit County Library, Kimball Junction Branch (outside DMV Entrance) 
  • Summit County Library, Coalville Branch 
  • Summit County Library, Kamas Branch 
  • Oakley City Hall 
  • Jeremy Ranch Park and Ride

Voters might be used to having a drop box location in Jeremy Ranch at the Macey’s, formerly fresh market. That drop box will now be at the Jeremy Ranch Park and Ride on the backside of the bus shelter.  People can walk or drive up to drop their ballots.  

Additionally, some of those Drop Boxes are located inside, for example, the one at The Market and the Courthouse, so make sure to check operating hours which can be found at summitcounty.info/2023elections.

BRIDGET > EVE 

Thanks, Eve! Again, these locations can be found at summitcounty.info/2023elections. We’ll also update the Jeremy Ranch location at this URL once it’s finalized.  

Ok, so we’ve covered early voting, voting by mail, and drop boxes. Let’s discuss election day voting locations. 

EVE > BRIDGET 

Definitely! As we’ve stated, General Election Day is November 21, 2023. Voters will be able to get assistance voting and vote in person at the following locations from 7am – 8pm: 

  • Park City Hall/Marsac Building
  • Summit County Library, Kimball Junction Branch in the Large Auditorium 
  • Summit County Library, Kamas Branch 
  • Coalville City Hall Council Chambers

BRIDGET > EVE 

You mentioned assistance voting. What are the options for folks who might have trouble using a by mail ballot? 

EVE > BRIDGET 

The first option is to come in on either early voting or day of the election in-person and we have devices that can assist you (ex: increasing text size on ballots). We also have other devices for people with other disabilities that might have trouble marking a ballot. Again, these options are for in-person voting.

If you don’t want to come in-person, we have electronic voting that Enhanced Voting runs. We communicate with you via email to utilize this tool and so you will need to contact us to get signed up for this option.

If you have any other special needs, we are happy to figure out how to accommodate those. You can reach us at elections@summitcounty.org or call 435-336-3040.

BRIDGET > EVE 

Awesome! It’s great that we have so many options for folks who need assistance. 

So, election day happens. When and where can people follow the results of their local elections? 

EVE > BRIDGET 

Sure. We post unofficial results the night of the election on our webpage summitcounty.org/elections. They’re also always linked right on the homepage of summitcounty.org

We update the unofficial results the day after the election. Then, we’ll post the final once after the canvas takes place.  

BRIDGET > EVE 

Ok, let’s talk about the canvas. What exactly is a canvas? 

EVE > BRIDGET 

Definitely! The canvass is when the governing body of the entity having an election receives the election results, examines them, and decides whether to approve them as final or request more information, clarification, or documentation. Once approved, the results of the election for that entity are final.

BRIDGET > EVE 

Ok that makes sense. When is the canvass for the General happening? 

EVE > BRIDGET 

The canvass for the General Election will take place on December 5, 2023 at the entity having the election, so at Coalville City, Kamas City, Park City, Oakley City, Snyderville Water Reclamation District, and South Summit Fire District. 

BRIDGET > EVE 

Thanks, Eve! I think that’s pretty much all the questions I have for you. Do you think there’s anything I’m missing? 

EVE > BRIDGET 

Because the election is late this year and is close to the Thanksgiving Holiday, vote as early as you can. Educate yourself on candidates and issues too! Park City, for example, Park City has a bond on their ballot this year, in addition to the council races, so its important to understand what these things are before you make a decision on your ballot. Once you do, get those ballots to a drop box or come to an early voting location. This way you don’t have to worry about your vote getting lost in the mix of the busy holiday season!

I also would just reiterate the important of voting in these local elections. They are so close to our daily lives and this year, these council races are electing three people to a five person council. That has the potential to be a majority vote on decisions that effect your city for the next four years! I really encourage you to get to know who’s running and decide who most aligns with what you envision for your community in the future.

BRIDGET > EVE

Wow that really shows that every vote, especially in these local races, DOES count! 

OK, Before we wrap up, I’ll say one last plug for summitcounty.info/2023elections. All the information we talked about today is right there for you to refer back to! 

In addition, please follow the County’s social media channels for more information and updates on all things elections moving forward. Our handles are @summitcountyut on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Eve, thank you SO much for being here. 

EVE > BRIDGET 

Thank you for having me! 

 


October 27, 2023 – County Council Meeting Cancellation, 2023 General Elections & Lots of Community Engagement Opportunities



Today, we cover…

  • This week’s county council meeting cancellation
  • Ward Away Energy Vampire Event (Nov. 2)
  • 2023 General Elections Info.
  • Summit Bike Share End-of-Season Survey
  • SHARP survey results presentation
  • Yard Waste Opt-In Program

Council Meeting Canceled

In case you missed it, this week’s County Council meeting was canceled in the final hour. With two council members traveling and one out sick, the Council was unable to reach a quorum, which is just the minimum number of members of the council that must be present at any of its meetings to make the proceedings of that meeting valid.

County Council Chair, Roger Armstrong, said in response to the cancellation of the council meeting: “It was unforeseen. We thought we were in pretty good shape. We always are a little off kilter when we have people traveling because we do have the risk of someone getting ill and rendering short. In the 11 years that I’ve been on Council, we’ve not had to cancel a Council meeting so this is a first.”

The agenda items initially slated for this week, including a discussion on child care, winter trash services, a 2023 work plan update, and continued 2024 budget discussions, will be rescheduled to a later council meeting.

We’ll be sure to keep listeners updated on that rescheduled date here on Summit in Six, on the county’s website (summitcounty.org), and on our social media channels (@summitcountyut on facebook, twitter and instagram).

“Ward Away Energy Vampires” Family-Friendly Event

In the spirit of spooky season, learn how “Energy Vampires” can steal energy and water resources from your home at the “Ward Away Energy Vampires” family-friendly event! Join us anytime between 4-6 p.m. next Thurs., Nov. 2 in the Richins Auditorium at the Kimball Junction Library to learn how you can save energy, water, and money at home through DIY strategies. Representatives from utility companies will be present to teach you about incentives, rebates, and tax credits. Learn about all of the affordable ways you can conserve electricity, gas, and water resources through interactive booths and crafts for kids! Register for free today at summitcounty.info/energyvampire.

General Elections are Nov. 21

This year’s General Election date has been moved to November 21, 2023. Please note, this change is not permanent and only pertains to 2023’s elections. 

The deadline to register and receive a vote-by-mail ballot for the General Election is by 5:00 PM on November 13, 2023. The easiest way to register if you have a current driver’s license is to go to voter.utah.gov

Voters who are not registered by Nov. 9, but are otherwise eligible to vote, may vote in early voting and in person on Election Day.

Find more info on General Elections such as early voting, voting by mail, voting assistance, visit summitcounty.info/2023elections.

Summit Bike Share End of Season Survey

Summit Bike Share closed for the season yesterday, on Thursday, October 26. We encourage residents and visitors to take the bike share’s end-of-season survey. Your answers will help guide Summit Bike Share’s future system improvements and expansion efforts. Access the survey at summitcounty.info/bikesurvey.

Opt-In Yard Waste Program

Got leaves? The Summit County Curbside Yard Waste Program is an optional curbside yard waste program that Republic Services is planning to offer to selected locations in Summit County in Spring 2024. In order to successfully launch the program, we need 3,500 residences in the selected area to opt into the program. If the minimum number of signups are received, participating residents will receive 95-gallon yard waste carts to place residential yard waste. Learn more about the program and how to sign up at summitcounty.info/optin.

SHARP Survey Results Presentation

Earlier this year, the SHARP survey was administered to 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th graders in Summit County schools. This anonymous and voluntary survey gave students the chance to voice their views on topics such as mental health, substance use, bullying, and other health issues. The results have been compiled and will be presented on November 6th from 5pm – 6pm at the monthly Board of Health meeting at the Summit County Health Department office at 650 Round Valley Drive in Park City.

In-person attendance is welcome and encouraged, but the presentation will also be streamed live via Zoom. The recording will be made available on the Summit County Health website as well.

Learn about the challenges and issues our students face every day. Hear directly from SHARP Survey research expert Mary Johnstun with the research firm, Bach Harrison. After the half-hour presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions. 

We will have the Zoom link and dial-by-phone info in our show notes:


October 20, 2023 – 2024 County Budget, Summit Bike Share End-of-Season Input Opportunity & Ward Away Energy Vampires Event



Today, we cover…

  • Recap of this week’s county council meeting
  • Summit Bike Share end-of-season + input opportunity
  • Ward Away the Energy Vampire event

2024 BUDGET 

At this week’s County Council meeting there was another discussion surrounding the county manager’s proposed 2024 budget. The discussion mostly centered around employee merit and a possible cost of living adjustment. 

A reminder that focused discussions, like this one, related to the 2024 budget will continue in the coming weeks. 

Next week, on October 25,. On November 1, they will discuss potential department appeals and areas they, as a council, are interested in diving deeper into. On November 8, there will be discussion related to the Council’s 2024 work plan and priorities. And, on November 29, they will discuss county service districts, unfunded projects, capital projects, and any unresolved concerns. 

These discussions might be interesting to our listeners because the 2024 budget is precisely how your tax dollars will be spent. These discussions, which are part of planning for a finalized 2024 budget, are a look into how those decisions are made. You’ll also have the opportunity to comment on the budget before it is approved later this year:

Two public hearings on the final proposed budget are scheduled for December 6 and December 13. On December 13, the 2024 budget and any 2023 budget amendments are scheduled to be adopted. We will be sure to keep our listeners updated on the details surrounding the December public hearing and input opportunities. 

SUMMIT BIKE SHARE

It’s (almost) closing time for Summit Bike Share. The bike share’s 2023 season will come to a close next week on Thursday, October 26.

The bike share team has already begun closing individual stations, including The Forum, US Ski and Snowboard, Park Ave and North City stations.

We encourage residents and visitors to take Summit Bike Share’s end-of-season survey at summitcounty.info/bikesurvey

Your answers will help guide Summit Bike Share’s future system improvements and expansion efforts. The best part? The survey only takes five minutes to complete!

WARD AWAY ENERGY 

The “Ward Away the Energy Vampire” event is right around the corner on NOVEMBER 2 @ the KIMBALL JUNCTION LIBRARY from 4pm-6pm. At this open-house style event for ALL AGES, you’ll learn tips and tricks to “Ward Away Energy Vampires!” 

There will be interactive booths and kid-friendly crafts and activities to learn easy, affordable ways you can conserve precious electricity, gas and water resources in your home all while helping you save money. Get to know utility and community representatives and learn how you can earn rebates, incentives, and tax credits, and get help paying your utility bills.

Register for free today at summitcounty.info/energyvampire.


October 13, 2023 – 2024 County Budget, Truth in Taxation, County EMS & Our Summit Community Visioning Update



Today, we cover…

  • 2024 County Budget Process / Important Dates 
  • Truth in Taxation
  • County-wide EMS Update
  • Our Summit Update 

2024 COUNTY BUDGET

At this week’s County Council meeting the County Manager’s Office presented their recommended 2024 budget.  

The manager’s proposed budget will be presented in several upcoming meetings:

  • October 18 – COLA, Personnel, Recommended new Positions
  • October 25 – New Programs, Areas of Significant Increases
  • November 1 – Potential Departmental Appeals, Areas of Council Interest
  • November 8 – Budget discussion in terms of Council Work Plan and Priorities (alignment)
  • November 13 – Special Revenue Funds, including TRT, RAP, Restaurant, etc
  • November 29 – County Service Districts, Discussion related to Unfunded Projects, Capital Projects; Unresolved Concerns

County Council and staff will also meeting in a strategic planning retreat on October 30 & 31st to discuss 2024 work plan priorities and how they will impact the 2024 budget.

Two public hearings on the final proposed budget are scheduled for December 6 and December 13. On December 13, the 2024 budget and any 2023 budget amendments are scheduled to be adopted.

TRUTH IN TAXATION

Also at council this week, the county notified the Council of its intent to levy a tax rate which exceeds the County’s Certified Tax Rate. This notification of intent is the first step in a longer Truth in Taxation process that will take place over the next few months. 

The truth in taxation encourages transparency and provides an opportunity for residents to comment on the proposed increase before the County Council makes a final decision.

Presented at this week’s council meeting a tax increase that would bring in almost $5.5 million to cover what Council Chair, Roger Armstrong, described as a “needs-based” 2024 budget. The additional funds would help cover unfunded projects next year, including the countywide EMS system, as well as heightened staffing needs. 

For the County’s General Fund, a 15.6% increase was proposed which would bring in $2.8 million. For the average primary resident with a home value of $1.3 million this would equate to a $45.49 increase on this line item of property their tax bill. We want to be clear that this is not a 15% increase in the OVERALL tax bill – in this case it’s just that amount in the Summit County General Fund, which is a single line item on the property tax bill.

For the Assessing and Collecting Fund, the proposed increase would cost the average primary resident $22.88 on this line item of their property tax bill. The General Fund and the Assessing and Collecting Fund are collected from ALL parcels in Summit County.

For the Municipal Services Fund, which funds services like garbage and law enforcement to county residents that live outside of cities/towns, the proposed increase would cost the average primary resdient in unincorporated Summit County $12.02 on this line item of their property tax bill. 

Finally, the proposed increase to Service Area #6 would support road maintenance in subdivisions outside of cities & towns. The cost to the average primary resident in SA6 is $91.39 on this line item of their property tax bill.  

Please keep in mind that these proposed increases represent the ceiling in which the county could increase the tax rate. Through the Truth in Taxation process these numbers are not to be exceeded. The council could choose to increase by the full amount, settle on a lesser amount, or decide not to increase at all. 

Tax rates are certified on June 22, 2024, so the Council will have until then to decide. The public hearings on the rates will be Dec 6 and 13 of this year. We’ll be sure to keep our listeners updated on more specific details surrounding those meetings as the process moves forward. 

COUNTY EMS UPDATE

Next up, the Council convened as the governing body of Park City Fire Special Service District. 

For some context before we dive in, last year the interlocal agreements between the County and Park City Fire were amended and extended for Park City to continue to provide ambulance service to the area covered by each of the three fire districts (Park City, North Summit, and South Summit). They are one-year agreements that will expire November 2 of this year. 

In late September of this year, the County Council decided to fund basic 911 EMS service countywide moving forward. The County has entered into a contract with each of the three fire districts to do so. Each Fire District will be responsible to provide EMS within its boundaries.  These contracts don’t go into effect until January 1 of 2024. If you want more detail on this go back and listen to our September 22 episode where we dive a bit deeper on the future of EMS service in the county. 

Anyway, this leaves us with almost a two-month gap in ambulance coverage or service, so at this week’s council meeting the Council approved to extend the status quo, if you will. This means that Park City Fire will continue to provide ambulance service to all three fire districts through the end of the year until the new agreements take effect in January when each fire district will take over EMS services within their boundaries, as funded by the county.

OUR SUMMIT COMMUNITY VISIONING

County staff and the project team from Logan Simpson provided an update to County Council and both the Snyderville Basin and Eastern Summit County Planning Commissions on the year-long community visioning process. This meeting was the first time that County Council has met with both planning commissions jointly.

A draft of the vision statement was discussed in addition to the key objectives that emerged from public input. Planning commissioners responded to the visions statement and overall findings and discussed potential next steps once the visioning process concludes, including how to take action on the findings.

This weekend is your last chance to participate in Phase 3 of Our Summit. Your responses will directly impact and guide the future of Summit County. You’ll help us understand how YOU prioritize certain features of your local community, what enhancements you would like to see and how you think growth should be handled. Take Questionnaire 3 BY SUNDAY NIGHT (October 15) at oursummitcounty.com.