Murray City Newsletter | May 2023

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Mayor’s Message

Murray’s Legislative Wrap-Up

The 2023 General Session of the 65th Utah Legislature ended March 3rd. At the close of the 45-day session, a record number of bills totaling 575 had been passed. The scope of statewide policies considered, and the laws enacted were described as “historic.” The Legislature set a state budget record when it nalized a scal year 2024 $29 billion budget.

Among the many issues considered were water conservation, a ordable housing and homelessness, tax cuts, domestic violence victims, education, infrastructure, public safety, abortion, transgender surgery, the Great Salt Lake, cybersecurity, and social media’s impact on children, to name a few.

When the Legislature meets there is always the possibility that state laws will trump city ordinances and policies. Losing “local control” is one reason cities hold our collective breath during legislative sessions. While several bills that could potentially preempt our local control were passed, thanks to the e orts of many, numerous “bad” bills impacting local control were defeated and many positive bills were passed.

Of particular interest to cities was the Legislature’s continued emphasis on a ordable housing and its mandates and restraints on cities’ land use authority. It is always interesting to watch how policymakers work to resolve problems.

Since the 1990’s the State Legislature has considered the development of a ordable housing to be a statewide concern. Cities are required to plan, implement, and report on their e orts to provide developers meaningful opportunities to build a ordable housing. If the report is not submitted

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on time or is otherwise noncompliant, a ne may now be imposed in the amount of $250 for each day of noncompliance. We certainly want to meet the housing needs of everyone. Whether the state can do this with its mandates, in an e ort to meet demand remains to be seen.

Cutting development costs was at the forefront of a bill that prohibits cities from requiring roads, in excess of 32 feet wide, when the road is primarily serving neighborhood tra c. Another bill prohibits a referendum if the city council vote (for a zone change, for example) is unanimous.

Finally, to entice developers to build more a ordable starter homes and to enable their purchase, the Legislature budgeted $50 million to provide $20,000 loans to eligible homebuyers for down payments or closing costs. The single-family home, townhome or condo must be new and not exceed $450,000 in cost. Doing the math, this would help 2,500 buyers.

The bill examples above show that governing is not a spectator sport, and it isn’t easy. We have a Legislature committed to working hard to resolve very di cult issues. Many of these issues overlap local issues. Murray is a city where people come together to solve di cult issues. We appreciate the many Murray residents who reached out to their elected leaders, both at the City and State levels, to provide feedback, insights, and opinions on proposed bills and other related issues this session. The City continues to advocate for solutions to address many of these di cult issues while still striving to maintain local control and to provide the best possible opportunities and services for the residents and businesses of Murray City.

Municipal Election Information

The 2023 Murray City Municipal Primary and General Elections will be held on August 15, 2023, and November 7, 2023, respectively. We encourage all eligible voters to participate in this process and cast a vote.

The following seats will be up for election:

Councilmember District 1; Councilmember District 3; and Councilmember District 5.

If you are interested in running for office you must be a United States citizen, at least 18 years old, a registered voter, and a resident of Murray City for 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the date of the election. If you are running for a council district, you must be a resident of that council district. Additionally, you must not be mentally incompetent, a person convicted of a felony or a person convicted of treason, or a crime against the elective franchise.

Those interested in running for office must file a Declaration of Candidacy in person with the City Recorder from Thursday, June 1, 2023, through Wednesday, June 7, 2023, from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm at 10 East 4800 South*, Murray City Hall Recorders Office. Please note that there is a filing fee of $95, which must be paid at the time of filing the Declaration of Candidacy.

We encourage all citizens to get involved in the election process, whether as a candidate or a voter. Your participation can

make a difference in the direction and future of Murray City. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Brooke Smith, City Recorder, at or 801-264-2662.

*Please note that Murray City Recorder’s office is scheduled to relocate from 5025 S State Street to 10 East 4800 South close to the end of May; however, that date is subject to change. Thank you for your attention, and we look forward to your participation in the 2023 Murray City Municipal Elections.

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Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Closed Saturday and Sunday

Check our website for any changes in programs.


Date: Tuesday through Friday

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Cost: Cost is $5; prior registration not required


Family Concert Series

Date: Monday, May 15 – BD Howes (classic rock)

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Cost: Free; no appointment needed open to all ages and doors open at 6:00 p.m.

National Senior Health and Fitness Day

Date: Wednesday, May 31

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Cost: Free for health screenings and classes; $5 for box lunch; Register now



Date: Tuesday and Thursday

Time: 9:00 a.m. – noon

Cost: $1.50 each class plus cost of supplies

Grief Support

Date: Friday, May 5 and 19

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Cost: Free; Register now

Fly Fishing Class

Date: Tuesday, May 16 and Jun. 20

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Cost: Free; register now

Vital Aging: Anxiety

Date: Tuesday, May 23

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Cost: Free; register now


Line Dance: Beginning

Date: Tuesdays

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Cost: $10 for the month; register now

Thursday Evening Social Dance

Live Music provided by Tony Summerhays

Date: Thursdays

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Cost: $5


Daily Exercise Classes – check our current newsletter for the schedule


Hand and Foot Card Game

Date: Mondays

Time: 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: Free Bridge Lessons

Date: Mondays

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Mexican Train Dominos Game

Date: Thursdays

Time: 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: Free



Date: Wednesdays

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Cost: $10; advance appointment required

Onsite Stretch

Date: Thursday, May 4 and 18

Time: 9:30 a.m. – noon.

Cost: $38 per session; advance appointment required

Massage Therapy

Date: Thursdays

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $20 for half-hour or $40 for hour; advance appointment required

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In April, we held our annual Cotton Tales writing competition, which included a showcase for our participants.


Short Stories:

Hadley F. Planting for the President

Long Stories: Brooklyn B. Extraterrestrial

Lucy H. The Gread Pyramid

Fable B. Seventy-Five Percent

Picture/Comic Book: Kit W. The Gardener


To kick o our 2023 Arts in the Park Season, we will be holding a Friday night concert and a Movie Sing-Along, Saturday.

Friday, May 26 at 8 PM

The Alapa Family & The Kulturang Pilipino Ensemble of Utah

The Alapa Family have been singing together since their parents got married in 1995. Their heritage derives from Hawaiian, Tongan, Samoan, Chinese, and Portuguese descent. The Kulturang Pilipino Ensemble of Utah will be sharing the stage with the Alapa Family. They are a volunteer group from di erent sectors in the community, joined together with a common interest of showcasing a kaleidoscope of Philippine culture and traditions. Tickets are $15 General Admission and can be purchased at the Murray Parks & Recreation O ce (296 E Murray Park Ave) or online through RegTixs.

Saturday, May 27 at 9 PM, Disney’s Aladdin will be playing at the Murray Park Amphitheater for a movie sing-along. Small interactive prop bags will be given to the rst 100 patrons. Movie is free admission and open all ages. Full schedule and more information at

Back row: Lucy H., Kit W., Eleanor W., Brooklyn B. Front row: Hadley F., Eden F., Emily J., Fable B.