TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2023
The Results listed below are Unofficial Results until the Board of Canvassers (Brian Head Town Council) offically canvasses the Brian Head Election results on December 6, 2023 @ 1:00 p.m. in a special Town Council meeting.
The 2023 Brian Head Town Municipal Election will be canvassed by the Brian Head Town Council (Canvassers) during a special meeting on December 6, 2023 @ 1:00 p.m. at the Brian Head Town Hall. The public is invited to attend this open meeting.
BRIAN HEAD 2023 MUNICIPAL ELECTION RESULTS (Unofficial)
TOWN COUNCIL SEATS (3)
Mitch Ricks - 2 year seat: Percentage: 100% Votes: 31 as of November 27, 2023
Kelly Marshall - 4 year seat: Percentage: 52.54% Votes: 31 as of November 27, 2023
Larry Freeberg - 4 year seat: Percentage: 47.46% Votes 28 as of November 28, 2023
Campaign Finance Disclosure Reports
BRIAN HEAD SPECIAL BOND ELECTION (CORE BEAUTIFICATION BOND) As of November 27, 2023.
FOR THE ISSUANCE OF THE BOND (Yes): Percentage: 52.63% Votes: 20
AGAINST THE ISSUANCE OF THE BONDS (NO): Percentage: 47.37% Votes: 18
BRIAN HEAD PARKS, ARTS, & RECREATIONAL (PAR) REAUTHORIZATION OF 0.01% SALES & USE TAXFOR TEN YEARS:
FOR THE REAUTHORIZATION OF THE PAR TAX (Yes): Percentage: 66.67% Votes: 26
AGAINST THE REAUTHORIZATION OF THE PAR TAX (No): Percentage: 33.33% Votes: 13
SPECIAL ELECTION GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND (CORE BEAUTIFICATION BOND)
On November 14, 2023 @ 6:00 pm the Town Council held a public meeting to hear the arguments for and against the GO Bond and to receive any public comments on the Core Beautification Bond. The public was invited to attend this meeting and give input.
No argument was submited against the GO Bond.
Projects the Core Beautification GO Bond is proposing:
Crosswalks & Shuttle Stops:
The Brian Head Commercial Corridor Transportation study anticipates four shuttle stops with shelters on (or near) Highway 143, at Hunter Ridge, Town Hall, Chair 1 and Giant Steps. These improvements would enhance both safety and aesthetics of the Town.
This project would provide for a phased implementation of the Town Council’s adopted Street Lighting Master Plan. This includes replacing some existing streetlights along Highway 143 with decorative night-sky-friendly lighting, replacing some other lights with LED night-sky-friendly lighting, and removing several lights.
• Town Hall exterior improvements
• Highway and trail improvements
• Utility improvements
• Other beautification efforts
What Will This Cost Me?
The bonds would result in a tax increase of $85.60 on a primary residence with an average valuation of $367,144. HOWEVER, a previously existing bond will be paid off in 2024, and will result in a tax decrease of approximately the same amount. It is anticipated that voting for this bond would NOT result in residents and property owners paying more property taxes than what they have already been paying. The proposed new bonds have been sized to adjust property taxes by approximately the same amount that property taxes would be reduced due to the retirement of the 2005B General Obligation Bonds.
PARKS, ARTS, AND RECREATIONAL (PAR) TAX RE-AUTHORIZATION
Re-Authorization of the Parks, Arts, and Recreation (PAR) Tax of 0.01% for a period of 10 years.
The PAR Tax is a way for residents and visitors to support the enrichment of the community. This small sales tax will provide funding for projects not otherwise possible. Residents and visitors who support Brian Head businesses with their discretionary spending purchases will generate funds that are funneled directly back into the community.
This investment will have a substantial, long-lasting benefit to the community. The PAR tax has generated over $290,390 from 2015 to 2023 fiscal year. Based on sales tax revenues, Brian Head would generate approximately $40,000 annually. After 10 years, by state law, the PAR tax automatically sunsets and goes away unless voted on again by the people.
The Brian Head Parks, Arts, and Recreation tax of 0.01% is up for re-authorization for a period of ten years. The PAR tax is 1/10 of 1% sales tax and does not apply to most food items and is not a property tax and it is not permanent. On a qualifying $100 purchase, it would be 0.10 cents and on a $1,000 purchase, it would be $1.
The funds are used for cultural, recreation, recreational facilities and parks within Brian Head Town and the funds will remain within Brian Head Town for a variety of projects such as hiking trails, playground equipment, walking trails, park improvements, and recreational facilities.
Who pays the PAR Tax? Anyone who makes a qualifying point-of-sale purchase in Brian Head Town pays the tax, regardless of their place of residency.