House Democrats Supportive of Salt Lake City Mayor’s Amended Inland Port Lawsuit

Media Statement

 

For Immediate Release:
June 24, 2019
 

Contact:         
Ross Chambless, Communications Specialist
Utah House Democratic Caucus
(385) 228-5483 | rosschambless@le.utah.gov 

 

House Democrats Supportive of Salt Lake City Mayor’s Amended Inland Port Lawsuit

 

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah House Democrats representing the districts around the Inland Port west side of Salt Lake City are expressing support for Mayor Jackie Biskupski’s amended complaint in the City’s lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Utah Inland Port Authority.  The mayor’s objections include mandating that the Inland Port Authority take 100 percent of the City property tax increment and a portion of the City’s sales and use tax revenue within the designated development site.  The suit also challenges the state’s attempt to override local control for critical land use decisions. 

“We think the mayor raises some valid points,” said Representative Sandra Hollins, D-District 23.  “As representatives of the communities of those that will be most impacted by the inland port, we have serious concerns about tying the hands of our communities with these mandates that usurp our local sales and use taxes.  We are also very concerned about how this project will degrade the environment and the health of our constituents.”  

Representative Elizabeth Weight (D-District 31), added, “Because of the pre-emptive nature of the initial and subsequent legislation on the Inland Port, it is difficult to place confidence in the quality and longevity of jobs, a fair tax structure, or necessary considerations for environmental issues.  When the process to create the legislation has precluded satisfactory research and information to address legitimate community interests and experts' credible concerns, the uncertainties will remain. A more inclusive, transparent, and research-based process is needed to provide a secure image of this project.” 

Representative Angela Romero, serving District 26, also supports the mayor’s amended lawsuit.

 

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