Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swenson administered the Oath of Office to newly appointed board member Carrie Johnson (Precinct IV).
The board convened into an executive session.
Truth in Taxation Hearing
The board voted to adopt the 2017-2018 budget as presented by Mitch Robison, Director of Budget Development, and set the tax rate at 0.006779. This rate includes a property tax adjustment due to a 8.67 percent market adjustment (pay increase) for educators in the district. This adjustment comes as neighboring school districts have significantly increased teacher salaries. Granite School District must remain competitive to ensure all classrooms are staffed with high-quality educators.
This translates to a $93.92 annual increase on a $259,900 home (average home value for Granite School District). Market values for homes are set by the Salt Lake County Assessor. If residents believe the market value of their home is too high, they may appeal to the Board of Equalization.
Following the presentation the board opened the meeting to public comment. Fifteen members of the public addressed the board regarding the budget and tax rate; eight spoke in favor, five spoke against, and two did not clearly indicate a position. Following public comment, the board voted unanimously to adopt the budget and set the new tax rate.
Linda Mariotti, Assistant Superintendent of Student Learning & Support, and Dale Roberts, Director of Information Systems, presented a Network Security report to the board.
The board approved a second reading of revisions to VII.B.9. – Prohibition of Bullying, Cyberbullying, Hazing, and Retaliation as presented by Doug Larson, Director of Policy & Legal Services.
The board approved a second reading of revisions to V.C.1. – Prohibition of Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation as presented by Doug Larson, Director of Policy & Legal Services.
The board voted to adopt a resolution providing for the holding of a bond election in Granite School District for the purpose of submitting to voters the question of the issuance of general obligation bonds.