The City Council set the stage last week for a $36 average increase on annual property-tax bills to underwrite a $10 million community recreation and wellness center.
Council members scheduled a hearing for Aug. 6 in the City Council chambers to seek public input on the proposed .000545 increase in West Valley's certified tax rate for fiscal 1999.Under Utah's "Truth in Taxation" laws, no city or county can approve an increase in property taxes without a public hearing.
City Manager John Patterson said the new certified rate would increase taxes by $3 a month on a $120,000 home. The impact increases with home value, however, so owners of a $240,000 home would pay $6 per month more.
City officials cited a recent Dan Jones poll in which 80 percent of the West Valley residents surveyed said they are likely to use a recreation center and are willing to pay $2 to $3 extra per month in taxes to construct one.
The center is in the design stage, and Patterson said the project will go out for bid once the tax increase is approved.
Construction should get under way early this fall.
Facilities planned for the new center include two indoor swimming pools, three racquetball courts, an indoor jogging track, a dance studio, indoor basketball courts, a climbing wall, an aerobics room and a fitness area with weights and workout equipment.
The center will be built adjoining the west wall of the Acord Ice Center, 5400 W. 3100 South.
Classrooms will also be available for community use and to support wellness programs at the center.