Taxes and Bloated Budget:
The 2020 property tax increase Mayor Wilson proposed raised your taxes 7.8%.
The explosive growth in Salt Lake County's budget is unsustainable. The BLOATED budget has grown 65% in just six years and now totals a whopping $1.5 billion. Salt Lake County's budget is $200 million BIGGER than Clark County Nevada (Las Vegas), yet our population is HALF theirs. For example in the last six years, Salt Lake County has gone from one Deputy Mayor to six Deputy Mayors, all "political appointees", earning as much as $276,115. read more
Thank you for a primary win of 56%. It’s clear that residents are ready for change!
I’ve lived in Salt Lake County for 27 years. There is no place I’d rather call home. I earned my B.S. in Biology from the U of U and work part time at Canyons School District. My husband is a first responder and we have two children that attend public school here in Sandy.
I have served our community in numerous capacities. Including serving on the School Community Council and PTA board at my children's elementary school. In addition, Dea is a volunteer on the Quail Hollow Park Open Space Committee, a participant in the Sandy City Citizens Police Academy, a Girl Scout Troop leader and a past volunteer with Best Friends Animal Society.
My family and I are avid skiers and regulars at Snowbird. I am also a trail runner and love the open spaces in our beautiful Council district.
The County budget is BLOATED and has grown a whopping 65% in just six years and now tops $1.5 billion.
I did NOT support this year's 7.8% property tax increase proposed by Mayor Jenny Wilson.
It took 167 years, from 1847 to 2014, for Salt Lake County to reach its first $1 billion budget. And only six years to reach a $1.5 billion budget. This explosive spending growth is unsustainable!
It is vital that we improve the strength of our economy and get people back to work. Helping our small businesses get back on their feet is a top priority. I will promote a vibrant economy while balancing growth to maintain our quality of life.
Salt Lake County residents must be safe in our homes and neighborhoods. Our children must be safe while at school. Public safety is my number one priority and supporting our first responders is essential to accomplish this.
Upholding law & order is vital for a safe community. I do not believe in defunding our police. Respect for our law enforcement is essential for safe neighborhoods. We should expect all residents to follow the law and not tolerate vandalism, violence or mob rule.
The current pandemic has demonstrated just how valuable our open spaces, parks and canyons are to our community. I am an advocate for these regional treasures. I am passionate about keeping Quail Hollow Park natural and maintaining our Corner Canyon trails. I will fight to keep Dimple Dell wild, work to ensure our district gets proper funds for trail maintenance, and look for ways to improve transportation and water quality in the canyons.
Dea Theodore is a biologist and experienced in education, administration, and civic engagement. She is a strong advocate for property rights, clean air, clean water, mental health, homelessness, accountability in government and holding the line on taxes. She defends the public against corruption and overreach by government.