Consultant Doug Macdonald, former chief economist for the Utah Tax Commission, added that "2014 could be a much better year" if residential housing construction doesn't lag behind expectations like it did this year.
Early predictions of close to 20 percent turned out optimistic. Taxes from residential construction are up a respectable 9 percent, Macdonald said, but that's not 20 percent. Still, he believes the trend looks good for the market to pick up next year.
Macdonald's economic analysis predicted overall taxable sales in 2014 will rise 6.2 percent. He attributed the bounce-back partly to the idea that "business-equipment sales will get a boost if Rio Tinto's landslide problems abate, production stabilizes and returns to normal levels."
Brown noted that sales taxes associated with wholesale durable goods fell 17.4 percent in the second quarter. Much of that involves outside businesses that equip and service Kennecott's system across the foothills of the Oquirrh Mountains. Those operations were scaled back significantly after the early April slide temporarily halted mining in the Bingham Canyon pit. Production was restored a week later, but at a fifth of the previous amount.
Military contracts, which slid because of sequestration, also figured into the decline in durable-goods sales, Brown added.
Twitter: @sltribmikeg Canyons zone accepted
A recommendation to create a zone specifically for resorts in Salt Lake County's canyons was among several proposals made by a grass-roots committee, which spent 15 months evaluating the ordinance known as FCOZ for Foothills and Canyons Overlay Zone.
The "blue-ribbon commission" appointed by then-county Mayor Peter Corroon delivered its report Tuesday to the Salt Lake County Council.
Now comes the tricky part: crafting language that describes what can be done in a resort zone, winter and summer, and what boundaries there would be. The county planning staff is expected to have a revised ordinance available by early next year.