Re "County tax increase needed" (Opinion, Nov. 17):
Five years ago, when I was chair of the South Salt Lake City Council, we went through a similar tight fiscal period that Salt Lake County is going through now. Revenues dropped for a number years and we coped by cutting costs and jobs, just as the county has.
Then the Legislature made matters worse by passing a bill to redistribute one-third of our sales tax revenues to other cities. To address the revenue shortfall, I led the council's effort to raise property taxes by about $10 to $12 per month for the average homeowner.