PLEASANT GROVE, Utah – The Pleasant Grove City Council decided Wednesday night to allow residents to vote on a proposed property tax increase.
The increase of 52 percent would be used to fund a new public safety building to replace aging facilities like a police station from the ‘70s and a fire station in an old high school from 1949.
Pleasant Grove Resident Amy Lindstrom said the town’s growth may justify the increase.
“There’s not going to be a perfect time to have a raise in taxes,” she said. “We have growing pains in a community like this. You can’t jump 25,000 people in population without growing pains.”
Pleasant Grove Resident John Johannesmeyer said he is skeptical about the increase and the procedures surrounding it.
“Tonight just sounded like a bunch of mumbo-jumbo, and I don’t know what the city council is planning but it’s not good for the people,” he said. “I just want more input on what the people decide, not the council to decide because it’s our money, it’s not their money.”
The tax increase will be put to the public on the November ballot.