Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Highland City Council Preview: June 15, 2021 – 2021/22 Budget, Designation of Disposable Properties

Are you a Footloose fan? Then you’ll enjoy this 2-Minute Tuesday review of our June 1st, 2021 meeting. I didn’t know Kurt and Tim were such skilled dancers :)

This council meeting includes the following agenda items:

  • Recognition of Scott Sumner (outgoing LPHS principal), Rhonda Bromley (former LPHS principal), and Larry Mendenhall (former member of the Planning Commission and City Council).
  • Adoption of the 2021-22 Budget.
  • Designation of disposable properties.

This meeting will be held at city hall but we will also stream it on our YouTube channel (click here to watch).

You can find an abbreviated meeting agenda together with my thoughts below. The complete agenda (154 pages) which includes the staff reports associated with each item can be accessed by clicking here.


Highland City Council Agenda
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 7:00 PM council meeting
Note: Our work session on land disposal starts at 5:30 and runs till 7:00

Virtual Participation

The time and duration listed at the end of agenda items is my guess as to the start time of this item and how long it will run..


  1. UNSCHEDULED PUBLIC APPEARANCES 7:00 (15 minutes)
    Time has been set aside for the public to express their ideas, concerns, and comments. Comments are limited to 3 minutes.

  2. RECOGNITION ITEMS: 7:15 (8 minutes)

    1. Certificates of Appreciation Rod Mann
      Scott Sumner (outgoing LPHS principal), Rhonda Bromley (former LPHS principal), and Larry Mendenhall (former member of the Planning Commission and City Council).
  3. RECOGNITION ITEMS: 7:23 (7 minutes)

    1. Highland City Youth Council
      A Youth Council representative will present an update of events in which the Youth Council have been involved.
  4. CONSENT ITEMS  7:30 PM (10 minutes)
    Items on the consent agenda are of a routine nature or have been previously studied by the City Council. They are intended to be acted upon in one motion. Council members may pull items from consent if they would like them considered separately.

    1. CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT: Approve a contract with Morgan Pavement for $56,666.70 to proceed with the application asphalt crack seal products . Administrative
      Yellow lines indicate roads that are getting a surface treatment that will be crack sealed.
      2021-06-15 Crack Seal
    2. ACTION: consider a request by the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) for the dedication of remnant parcels of right of way for North County Boulevard. Administrative

  5. PUBLIC HEARING & RESOLUTION: ADOPTING FINAL AMENDMENTS TO THE HIGHLAND CITY 2020-2021 FISCAL YEAR BUDGET Legislative 7:40 (15 minutes)
    At the end of the year we need to approve final budgets adjustments so that the city does not exceed the 35% reserve cap in the general fund. Often there a planned expenses (such as road projects) that slip into the next fiscal year (begins July 1) so that we need move funds from the General Fund into a Road Capital Fund or other capital fund. This year we also received CARES ACT funding from the federal government that we needed to account for appropriately.
  6. PUBLIC HEARING & RESOLUTION: INTERFUND TRANSFER FROM THE PRESSURIZED IRRIGATION FUND TO THE GENERAL FUND 7:55 ( 10 minutes) Legislative
    Each year the city’s general fund pays the pressurized irrigation enterprise fund f(PI Fund) return the money to the general fund. The net affect of this action is that residents are paying for the city to water parks via the PI fee in their monthly bill. or water used for city parks. The amount per household is about $2.00 per month. Absent this transaction we would have to increase general fund revenue via a property tax increase which would be offset by a decrease in the PI fee. I know this is clear as mud.

  7. PUBLIC HEARING & RESOLUTION: ADOPTING FY2022 FEE SCHEDULE Legislative 8:05 (15 minutes)
    The  city is required to adopt an annual fee schedule that identifies all fees it charges. Note, these may be adjusted during the course of the fiscal year. 

  8. RESOLUTION: ADOPTING THE CERTIFIED TAX RATE FOR FISCAL YEAR 2021-2022 Legislative 8:20 (10 minutes)
    Each year the county calculates the property tax rate for Highland required to generate the same revenue we received last year, exclusive of new growth. This rate is then applied to the new growth (new homes, new commercial buildings, or improvements to either). If a Highland City requested additional revenue then the tax rate is adjusted to generate the requested amount..The council did not request additional property tax funds this year (in fact the last year additional property tax revenue was requested was 2008). Click here for a more comprehensive explanation of Utah’s Certified Property Tax system.

  9. PUBLIC HEARING & RESOLUTION: ADOPTION OF FINAL HIGHLAND CITY BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2021-2022 Legislative 8:30 PM (20 minutes)
    The council has discussed the proposed budget in work sessions, council meetings, and in individual meetings with staff members. There may be small changes discussed but I don’t see in major changes coming. I have noticed over the years that posts I identify has having budget information are my least popular posts.

  10. RESOLUTION: ADOPTION OF THE ORPHAN PROPERTY DISPOSAL POLICY Legislative 8:50 PM (15 minutes)
    The council discussed this in our prior meeting but continued it so that it could further review before approving it in today’s meeting. The policy sets forth the process and lists some of the criteria that may be used in considering what properties (if any) should be identified as available for disposal. This should not take too long as during the 90 minutes work session that precedes the council meeting the council will have reviewed the criteria used to identity property that can be sold.
  11. RESOLUTION: ADOPTION OF THE DESIGNATION OF DISPOSABLE PROPERTIES Legislative 9:05 PM (45 minutes)
    During our work session the council will have also considered the requests which we received from 51 home owners during the 30 days following the council’s initial property disposal decision. A number of issues arose when evaluating these applications that made the decision challenging. As a consequence I suspect that the council will only approve a limited number of them. My personal view is that we should go slow if there is any uncertainty as property once sold is difficult to get back.

  12. MAYOR/COUNCIL AND STAFF COMMUNICATION ITEMS 9:50 (10 minutes)

    1. Future Meetings
      • June 22, Planning Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm, City Hall
      • July 6, City Council Meeting, 7:00 pm, City Hall
      • July 14, Lone Peak Public Safety District Board Meeting, 7:30 am, City Hall
      • July 20, City Council Meeting, 7:00 pm, City Hall
      • July 27, Planning Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm, City Hal
  13. CLOSED SESSION 10:00 (60 min)

ADJOURNMENT 11:00 pm

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Highland City Council Preview: 1-Jun-2021

Below is the most recent “2-Minute Tuesday” video from Utah’s Highlander summarizing the May 18th council meeting. It features scenes from the Lord of the Rings and Guardians of the Galaxy. This one got a good chuckle out of me.

This council meeting includes the following agenda items:

  • A pressurized irrigation water update from staff.
  • A legislative update from our state representative Brady Brammer.
  • Approval of the final road maintenance contracts for this year.
  • Formalization of the rules and processes relative to disposing of orphan property. Note, the specific parcels to be disposed of this year will be discussed and approved at a future council meeting.