(KCPW News) This week, members of the Salt Lake County Council received a dire outlook from the county’s elected officials, whom they asked to prepare a scenario for cutting as much at 7.5 percent next year from their budgets, which have already seen significant cuts this year. Sheriff Jim Winder said that large a cut would mean closing Oxbow Jail, even though it just re-opened, or getting rid of hundreds of beds at the main county jail, which is already too small. And District Attorney Lohra Miller said layoffs for her department would be inevitable, meaning fewer prosecutions. Does this grim scenario mean the council will have an appetite for raising taxes? To find out, KCPW’s Jeff Robinson spoke with Democratic Council Chairman Joe Hatch and Councilman Jeff Allen, leader of the council’s Republican minority caucus.
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