Layton City will be conducting elections in 2019 for the offices of Mayor and three (3) City Council seats. The seats are "at-large," meaning they are open to candidates city-wide. The Mayor's position will be a two-year term. The City Council positions will each have a four-year term. Interested residents of Layton City may become candidates by filing a Declaration of Candidacy in the City Recorder's Office from June 3, 2019 through June 7, 2019, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. A $25 filing fee is required to file.
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One of the greatest honors I have had was helping to raise the funds necessary to build the replica Vietnam Wall Memorial
The Freitag family has lived in Layton for 26 years. Scott and Tammy have been married for thirty years and have four children Zachary (Victoria), Parker (Mikayla), Madison, and Coby.
Weber State University
Scott has worked in various capacities within Public Safety and 911
Why do we need another fire station?
How much will this fire station cost?If I don’t live near the new fire station, how will it benefit me?What will the new station look like? Where will it be located?
The new station will be located near 1400 North Valley View Drive. The City is currently reviewing plans. View laytoncity.org/Station4 for more details.
How much does the City propose raising taxes? How will this affect my household?
The tax rate would change from 0.001424 to 0.001780. While that is a twenty-five percent (25%) increase, the actual result is an increase of $5.06 per month on a $310,000 home, or $60.70 annually.
Isn’t there another way to raise the money besides taxes?
The City considered a bond to raise funds; however, issuing a bond would only cover the one-time cost of building the station and doesn’t cover the ongoing costs of personnel and operations. With the tax increase added to the money the City has already set aside in previous years, the increase in funds will ensure the City can afford to build the new station and keep it operating in the future.
With the cost of housing and construction rising so dramatically, why do you have to build the new station now?
As people move to Davis County from neighboring areas, more emergency services are required to accommodate the increasing population. The costs of these services are rising higher than the rate of inflation. Public safety is our #1 priority. Our goal is to reach an average total response time of less than five minutes. In order to reach that goal, another fire station is necessary.
Some of Layton City’s utility costs are higher than in some other cities. Are these increased costs really justified considering how much we’re already paying for utilities, etc.?
Compared to other cities, the cost of utilities in Layton City is lower than average. Across the state, the average monthly utility rate for water, sewer, storm, and garbage is $96.72. Layton City’s average monthly cost for the same utilities is $87.39.
Why is Layton raising taxes this year? Are other cities doing the same?
Neighboring cities that have raised taxes recently include Bountiful in 2018, Kaysville in 2014, Syracuse in 2017 and 2018, and Ogden every year since 2016. For the past two years, Layton City’s tax rate has actually decreased. Layton City adopted the certified tax rate established by Davis County and the Utah State Tax Commission in 1987, and although Layton City’s population has approximately doubled since that time, the City hasn’t raised taxes since then.
My street is in serious need of repair. Why is the fire station a priority right now when I’d rather see the City spend money to fix other infrastructure problems or traffic issues? And are you ever going to address those?
We recognize there are other projects that are important to our residents. We have plans to address many issues in the future; however, public safety is our highest priority. For right now, we’d like to keep the tax increase as low as possible. If you have concerns about other issues, we encourage you to attend City Council meetings or to contact Layton City.
Last year, the City’s tax rate decreased. And now you’re raising them? Was it just a political ploy so you could hit us with an increase this year?
The back-to-back decreases and then the proposed increase should demonstrate the City’s fiscal practices of receiving only what it needs. The City keeps taxes as low as practical to ease taxpayers’ burdens and then only proposes an increase when necessary. As the need for another fire station became clear, the City proposed raising taxes to address that need.
My taxes keeping going up as my home’s value increases. Aren’t increasing home values enough to support a new fire station?
As the assessed value of a property increases, a homeowner will pay higher amounts in most taxes. However, when this happens, the City tax rate effectively decreases according to state law. This means that even though your overall taxes are going up, the City's portion of your taxes is not. The City is only allowed to budget the same amount of property tax revenue as the year before (with exceptions for new construction). Although other entities may raise the amount they receive through tax revenue, the City has not done so before, and if it does, it must notify the public and hold public hearings, as it has done here.
How long will construction take?
The City will not have a precise timeline available until after the bidding process. Once the City has that information, it will make it available to the public.
I have concerns about the details of the fire station and the 2019-2020 budget. How can I make sure my concerns get heard?
Layton City has created a website, laytoncity.org/Station4, where you can gather information. If you have more questions or concerns, you may attend the upcoming Open House on July 31 from 6 to 8 pm at 530 North 2200 West or one of the upcoming council meetings. See the council meeting schedule at http://www.laytoncity.org/LC/Government/CouncilMeetings.
What are your long-term plans for fire protection as Layton City continues to grow?
Just as the City acquired the property for Station 4 several years ago, the City has already acquired property for two future stations. One of those will be a relocation of an existing station, and the other will be a new station, Station 5. No timeline has been established for the construction of either of these.
The planned relocation is for the City’s oldest station, located at 199 North Fort Lane. This station was built in 1970 and was not constructed to accommodate full-time staffing. At the time of its original construction, the Fire Department was an all-volunteer service, and was not staffed 24 hours a day until 1981. To house and accommodate full-time staffing, the station has had to undergo numerous modifications and remodels. As we continue to add personnel and responsibilities to this station, it is no longer able to meet the Fire Department’s needs.
With the construction of the new Intermountain Layton Hospital, Layton City acquired property on Layton Parkway suitable for the relocation of this fire station. This site is an ideal location for our inter-facility transfers from the hospital, and for incidents on and to the west on Interstate 15. Because the current station is currently staffed, its relocation represents a capital investment with no added ongoing personnel costs.
Although the timeline for the construction has not been established, the property for Station 5 has been in City ownership since 1999. It is located at 1872 North Layton Hills Parkway, just north of the Davis Conference Center. This station will service the northwest portion of the City and its increasing residential and commercial uses. It will also serve as a critical link with the other stations in the City.
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Scott has been a resident of Layton for 26 years. He has served as a member of the city council and is currently the mayor.
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