Tax increase too large

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Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon's plan to increase county property taxes by 17.5 percent is an outrage. The County Council's decision to boost taxes by 16.2 percent is only marginally better ("Salt Lake County cuts barely dent proposed tax hike," Tribune, Nov. 27).

Any double-digit tax hike will damage the economic recovery, particularly in combination with looming spikes in federal taxes. A 5 percent county bump would be justifiable, but anything beyond that is not.

The county should not try to make up for its budgetary losses during the Great Recession in one huge gulp. Smaller bites of the apple over several years would be more digestible and more defensible.

Paul Wetzel

Salt Lake City