FREQUENTLY REQUESTED NUMBERS Attorney .................................. 801-264-2640 Business Licensing .................. 801-270-2432 Cemetery ................................ 801-264-2637 City Council ............................. 801-264-2603 Finance Department ............... 801-264-2513 FIRE DEPARTMENT Administrative Office .......... 801-264-2781 Non-Emergency Calls ......... 801-840-4000 General Information................ 801-264-2525 Senior Recreation Center ......... 801-264-2635 Human Resources.................... 801-264-2656 Library .................................... 801-264-2580 Mayor’s Office.......................... 801-264-2600 Municipal Court....................... 801-284-4280 Museum .................................. 801-264-2589 Murray Park Outdoor Pool ....... 801-266-9321 Murray Parkway Golf Course.... 801-262-4653 PARKS AND RECREATION Administrative Office .......... 801-264-2614 Rain-out Information ......... 801-264-2525 Park Center (indoor pool) ........ 801-284-4200 Passports................................. 801-264-2660 POLICE DEPARTMENT Administrative Office .......... 801-264-2673 Animal Control/SL County .. 385-468-7387 Code Enforcement .............. 801-264-2673 Non-Emergency Calls ......... 801-840-4000 POWER DEPARTMENT Administrative Office .......... 801-264-2730 After Hours Emergency....... 801-264-9669 PUBLIC SERVICES Administrative Office .......... 801-270-2440 Building Inspection ............ 801-270-2431 Green Waste Trailers ........... 801-270-2440 Planning and Zoning .......... 801-270-2420 Solid Waste......................... 801-270-2440 Water, Sewer, Streets.......... 801-270-2440 Zoning Enforcement ........... 801-270-2426 UTILITIES After Hours Emergency....... 801-264-9669 Billing Questions ................ 801-264-2626
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As I have talked with Murray’s constituents over the years, one of the more common topics that comes up is that of property taxes. I have discovered there is a lot of misunderstanding and misconceptions by homeowners about property taxes, such a who levies the taxes and where the money goes. Since property evaluation notices are mailed (or emailed) in July and August, the questions start to surface each year at that time, especially if the notice indicates an increase in the proposed tax for the year. The property evaluation notice itself contains a wealth of information and I encourage every property owner to carefully read the information found there. The first line on your notice will be the school district. This will be the largest single assessment on your notice. In Murray, you will either be in the Murray School District or the Granite School District depending on your property location. It’s important to note that both school districts are independent entities with their own governing boards and are entirely separate from the city government. The Murray City Council does NOT set the tax rates for any school district, as the Murray City Board of Education is the legislative body of the Murray School District and the Granite Board of Education is the legislative body of the Granite School District. The school boards are the taxing authority for school districts, not the city. The next two lines on your notice are also for schools, the State Basic School Levy, and the Utah Charter School Levy. Both are mandated by the State Legislature to help offset the cost of providing educational services. The next line on your notice is Salt Lake County. This is the tax imposed by the Salt Lake County council to fund the cost of general government in Salt Lake County, such as public health and human services, jails and courts, county administration, etc. The next two lines are for Murray City services: the Murray City levy, and the Murray City Library. These are the only two lines on your property tax assessment that are controlled by the Murray City council. The Murray City line is for the cost of general government in
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Murray and accounts for about 19% of the general fund revenue. This is spent on public safety, parks, public works, and the cost of government administration. The Murray City levy for 2021 is .001608 and the Library levy is .000418. The other lines on the tax notice are for special service districts and will vary depending on the location of your property. It’s noteworthy that Murray City has only increased property tax one time since FY2006, and that was a moderate increase in FY2019. I occasionally hear from skeptical residents that tell me that their property tax has increased even though the city has had no increase. It’s true that individual property tax assessments will fluctuate from year to year, and here’s why. State law allows a city to only collect the same amount of property tax as in the previous year, except for new growth. However, the total assessed value of all properties in the city may fluctuate for several reasons. The total assessed value is divided by the amount of tax dollars the city is due resulting in the certified tax rate. So, depending on your individual property valuation and the certified tax rate, your taxes due may be slightly higher, or even slightly lower than the previous year. In general, as property values increase, the tax rate decreases. It’s important to check each individual line on your notice to compare with the previous year to see the fluctuations. If there is a tax increase proposed by any of the taxing agencies, you will be notified as to the time and place of a public hearing. There is an immense amount of information about property taxes on the Salt Lake County Auditor website (slco.org/propertytax). There you can find answers to almost any question related to property taxes in Salt Lake County. Ultimately it is up to you to decide if you are getting your money’s worth for your tax dollars. The cost of services that local governments provide continues to increase. The property tax rate in Murray City has been kept relatively low and, in my opinion, remains a good value.
The Murray City passport office is located at Murray City Hall in room 113. The office has extended its operating hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments are required. Murray’s Passport office offers convenient, full-service passport processing to Murray residents and the surrounding communities. With in-house photos, fast and family-friendly service, and helpful staff, we aim to make submitting your application as quick and easy as possible. The U.S. Department of State is advising travelers to apply for passports at least six (6) months before making international travel plans. • Routine service can take up to 18 weeks • Expedited service can take up to 12 weeks To avoid having to make multiple trips, please read this page carefully before you come: www.murray.utah.gov/1350/Passports
Message from the Council One of the things I am most passionate about is our environment and what we can do to protect it. One of the easiest things everyone can do to help protect the environment is to recycle responsibly. There have been some questions as to whether it is worth it to recycle because recyDiane Turner cling has become more expensive throughDistrict 4 out the years. Although the recycling market is always fluctuating, there have been some positive trends recently. Recycled materials such as cardboard, paper, and plastic containers have seen an increase in value. Recycled cardboard prices that averaged around $71 per ton in 2020 are anticipated to be around $90 per ton by the end of 2021. Recycled paper prices were averaging around $83 per ton in 2020 and by early 2021 were averaging $93 per ton. We are making more money on recycling which is great news. Recycling reduces the trash in our landfills which extends the life of those landfills and positively affects the environment. One question I get asked all the time is, “What can I recycle?” This is a fair question as information on what can and cannot be recycled seems to have gotten lost or become confusing during the past few years. You can recycle empty aerosol, steel, and aluminum cans. It is important to rinse out the cans first to remove any excess food that may be left in them and dry them before disposing of them in your recycling bin. Leaving food in a can could potentially contaminate an entire load of recycling and cause the load of recycling to be taken to the landfill instead. Paper products including newspaper, junk mail, cardboard, paper bags, and magazines can also be recycled. It is essential to ensure the paper products you are recycling are clean. An example of a paper product that should not be recycled is a pizza box because they tend to be greasy from the pizza that was inside them. Dirty paper products, such as a greasy pizza box, should be discarded in your normal trash bin. HDPE (high-density polyethylene) containers (laundry detergent containers) and PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles and
jars (water bottles) are also recyclable. Other drink bottles, such as plastic soda bottles, can also be recycled once they have been rinsed out and dried. One other thing to note on recycling is please do not bag up your recycled items. Simply place them in your recycling bin, unbagged. Bagging recyclables creates extra work for the recycling centers and the bag could also get caught in the recycling centers machinery, causing extra work for everyone. Glass should not be put in your regular recycle bin but it can be recycled. If you are interested in recycling your glass, live above 900 East in Murray and have your trash serviced by the Wasatch Front Waste & Recycling District, you may opt into their glass recycling program for a nominal fee. For more information on that program, you may contact them at 385-468-6325. Murray City also offers two glass recycling containers that anyone can use. One is located at Germania Park and the other at Murray Park. Although I wish everything could be recycled, there are some items that must absolutely not go into your recycle bin. These items include the plastic bags from the grocery store, coated paper containers and styrofoam containers. Some grocery stores offer a place for you to take your used plastic grocery bags to have them recycled, so check with your local market to see if that’s something they offer. Hazardous waste cannot be placed in the recycle or trash bin you have at your home. In conjunction with the Salt Lake Valley Health Department, Murray City has an ABOP (Antifreeze, Batteries, Oil, and Paint) drop off site located at 4646 South 500 West. Monday through Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., you can drop off antifreeze, batteries, oil, and paint and know that it will be discarded of properly. Other household hazardous waste can be taken to the Salt Lake Valley Solid Waste Management Facility. You may contact Murray City Public Works for more information at 801-270-2440. PLEASE REMEMBER TO VOTE ON NOVEMBER 2, 2021! Diane Turner District 4
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JOIN IN FOR HALLOW-READ! Get your spooky on! Or not. But let’s read! Join in for the Hallow-read event and start tracking your hours. Pick up a tracker at the library or download the beanstack app and register. Hallow-read will go through the month of October with a tasty treat for those that complete the challenge. KIDS CREATE Pick up your craft kit at the Murray Library, then complete your craft at home on your own or follow along with our YouTube instructions. This free monthly program is intended for children 5 - 12 years old. One kit per child, limit four per family. You must register every month. This month’s kit is a Halloween Craft.
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ART FOR ADULTS Register for a take home project that you can create at your own pace. You must register every month on our online calendar. I SURVIVED BOOK CLUB This one-of-a-kind book club lets you read and do activities at your own pace. You’ll receive one I SURVIVED book, activities, and craft. This is a take home book club kit. You must register every month. You may pick-up your kits starting Tuesday Oct.12 through Saturday Oct.16. This month’s book is “I SURVIVED The Battle of Gettysburg, 1863.”
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CITY COUNCIL Council District 1 Kat Martinez 385-743-8766
firstname.lastname@example.org Council District 2 Dale M. Cox 801-971-5568
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firstname.lastname@example.org Council District 4 Diane Turner 801-635-6382
email@example.com Council District 5 Brett A. Hales 801-882-7171
firstname.lastname@example.org Executive Director Jennifer Kennedy Office: 801-264-2622
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OCTOBER 2021 Murray Senior Recreation Center Monday-Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm | Thursday 8:00 am – 9:30 pm | Closed Saturday and Sunday
DAILY LUNCH BY CHEF OMAR LIMON Date: Tuesday through Friday Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Cost: Cost is $4; prior registration not required
HONORING VETERANS VETERANS WANTED FOR A SPECIAL PROJECT We are working in conjunction with local high school students to tell the stories of Veterans. If you are a Veteran and want to help, please call us. The Veterans and students will meet several times during September and October at the convenience of the Veterans. The students will write the Veterans’ stories and present them at the Center. We are looking for any Veterans age 55+ from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, or the Gulf War. This will be a great opportunity for both students and Veterans. Date: Friday, November 5 Time: 3– 4:30 p.m. BRUNCH CAFÉ HONORING VETERANS If you are a 55+ Veteran, your meal is on us at our Brunch Café in November. Date: Monday, November 8 Time: 10:15 a.m. – noon Cost: à la carte menu
SPECIAL EVENTS OKTOBERFEST Date: Wednesday, October 20 Time / Cost: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. / $10 Registration begins Wednesday, September 22 and closes on Wednesday, October 8 Entertainment provided by Salzburger Echo THANKSGIVING MEAL Date: Wednesday, November 17 Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Cost: $10 Registration begins Wednesday, October 20 and closes on November 6. Entertainment provided by The Mixed Nuts SELL HANDICRAFTS AT OUR HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR Application & instructions available online or at our Front Desk. Application & samples must be submitted by Friday, October 15. Homemade food items not allowed. Date: Friday, December 3 Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Fee: $30 for a table
HAIRCUTS Date: Friday, October 1, 15, 22, 29 Time: 9 a.m. – noon Cost: $9; advance appointment required
BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC by Harmony Home Health Date: Thursday, October 14 Thursday, November 18 Time: 10:30 – 11 a.m. Cost: Free; no appointment necessary HEALTH SCREENING BY UVU STUDENT NURSES Dates: Wednesday, October 6 Wednesday, November 3 Time: 9:30 a.m. – noon Cost: Free; no appointment necessary BLOOD TESTING BY IHC LABORATORIES: Lipid Profile and Hemoglobin A1C Date: Friday, November 12 Time: 9 – 11 a.m. Cost: To be determined; advance appointment required
TRIPS FALL COLORS Date: Thursday, October 7 Time: 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Cost: $30 includes lunch
JURIED ART SHOW Announcing the annual Murray City Juried Art Show for artists 18 and older. This year, the art show will be held at the Murray City Library, October 27 November 17. Entries are due at the Library, October 26 between 4–6 p.m. Artists can enter up to two 2D entries and two 3D entries. Submissions must have been created within the last 2 years and have not been entered in past Murray City Juried Art Shows. You can find more information and the entry form online at www.murray.utah.gov or at the Murray Parks & Recreation Office.
WENDOVER Date: Thursday, October 14 Time: 8:30 am – 7 p.m. Cost: $20 per trip
Date: Monday, November 1, 2021 Time: 12:00 pm Tour 12:45 pm Introduction 1:00 – 4:00 pm Tournament Cost: $5 Deadline: Monday, October 25, 2021 Place: Murray Senior Recreation Center Format: Scoring-style party bridge Prizes: Top 5 players, Booby prizes Participants: Max 40 (55 years of age and older)
The Center held a “Blind Draw” Pickleball Tournament on Thursday, September 9 and Friday September 10. We had 27 enthusiastic (ranging in age from 57 to 95 years young) participants playing. Many thanks go to Kenn Wilkinson for lending his expertise in putting together and running the tournament, to Boomer Pickleball and Scott McGuire for providing prizes, and for all those who brought food and drink items. Everyone had a great time and congratulations to the winners.
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RESIDENT ON DISPLAY In October, we will be displaying artwork and creations by Dustin Lewis. Visit Murray City Hall, central display case, Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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HAUNTED TALES Students in grades 3-12 can submit their Halloweenthemed entries and be judged for prizes. Entries will be judged by the following grade categories: grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 for both Short Stories and Poems. Deadline: October 18, 2021 at the Parks & Recreation Office (296 E Murray Park Ave) or email submission to firstname.lastname@example.org. First place winners will receive a gift card. Top ten winners will receive a certificate and will be invited to read their entry at the Haunted Tales Showcase, October 26, 6:30 pm at the Murray City Senior Recreation Center. More details on the workshops can be found at: www.murray.utah.gov/1649/Haunted-Tales