(KCPW News) Not keen on raising property taxes, Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon will go to the county council tomorrow and ask them to approve yet another round of budget cuts, this time totaling $13 million dollars.
"They're not going to be easy, but we think that it's a way to get us through this last part, hopefully, of our economic downturn," he told KCPW.
Mayor Corroon says now is not the time to raise property taxes, and was considering vetoing the property tax hike that the council passed two weeks ago in a 5-to-4 vote, with all Democrats voting in favor and all Republicans voting against.
Corroon says the county's elected officials, including himself, will have to reduce their budgets in order to achieve the $13 million in cuts. It will be up to them to decide how to reach that goal, but Corroon acknowledges it will probably lead to layoffs, which the county has managed to avoid so far.
"We're not looking at layoffs, but we are looking at reducing some of our programs, which probably will lead to that. It won't be a large number, hopefully, but it probably will require a reduction in force," he said.
If the county council rejects his budget cuts and decides to stick with the property tax increase, Corroon could still veto it. He says he'll deal with that scenario if it happens.