Getting Involved





Getting Involved

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Policy 200.05 – Tax Increment Financing Project Agreements



Board Policy

  1. The Board of Education’s primary focus and responsibility is the education of students. The Board of Education values partnering with county and municipal entities and entering into formal agreements to develop school environments which strengthen neighborhoods and communities.  
  2. The Board of Education recognizes that county and municipal governmental entities within the District have a responsibility to appropriately plan for and encourage balanced development and/or redevelopment to sustain economic growth and establish a firm tax-base within their jurisdictions. The Board of Education acknowledges balanced development and/or redevelopment benefits the communities and students Canyons School District serves.   
  3. The Board recognizes it may be requested to participate in tax increment financing project agreements. The Board recognizes its responsibility to analyze the District’s participation and interest in tax increment financing projects for the benefit of the District and its students.     The Board of Education is committed to reviewing considerations for tax increment financing project agreements prior to approval by the Board.
  4. The Board authorizes the Superintendent and District Administration to develop administrative regulations consistent with this policy, subject to review and approval by the Board.




“Tax Increment Financing”:   A public financing tool that is used as a subsidy for redevelopment by diverting a portion of tax revenue to help finance development and incentivize private development for project areas within a county or municipal jurisdiction.   Project areas are created by municipal/city redevelopment agencies through the adoption of an ordinance or resolution by the local governing body or city council. 

“Agency” or “community reinvestment agency”:  means a separate body corporate and politic, created under Section 17C-1-201.5 or as a redevelopment agency or community development and renewal agency under previous law:

(a) that is a political subdivision of the state;
(b) that is created to undertake or promote project area development as provided in this title; and
(c) whose geographic boundaries are coterminous with:
   (i) for an agency created by a county, the unincorporated area of the county; and
   (ii) for an agency created by a municipality, the boundaries of the municipality.



Review of a Tax Increment Financing Agreement

  1. A tax increment financing agreement will be reviewed by a Board of Education sub-committee prior to placement on a Board of Education Agenda for a First Reading.
  2. A third party report will be prepared by an outside consultant selected by the District and paid for, up to $5000.00, by the entity (i.e., City), proposing the tax increment project. The report will include:
    1. An analysis of return on investment, including net present value calculations;
    2. An analysis of the impact of District participation versus non-participation; and
    3. An opinion regarding whether participation in the tax increment project is in the best interests of the District.
  3. A tax increment financing agreement will receive three full readings prior to a vote by the Board of Education.



Financial Considerations; Additional Considerations

The Board of Education will review a list of considerations for approving a tax increment financing project.

Financial Considerations may include, but are not limited to:

  • Project grows the commercial tax base within a portion of the District
  • A dollar cap on the District contribution to the Project
  • Project reflects a lower term (years of increment) for higher percent of increment given (e.g. 10 year term = 90%; 15 year term = 80%; 20 year term = 60%)
  • Project increases the assessed valuation while minimizing impact on services required
  • Project requests a higher percentage of increment contribution from the city than from the district
  • Project has administrative fee lower than 3%
  • Project provides the District additional financial benefit beyond what other taxing entities receive (e.g. land, dollars, percent increment, mitigation payment, etc.)
  • Project must demonstrate current and future economic benefit for the District
  • The District and municipality will collaborate on the housing set aside funds to benefit District and public employees.

Additional Considerations may include, but are not limited to:

  • Project emphasizes mulit-story office, industrial, and hotel development over retail
  • Areas of the Project that the District participates in do not include any detached single family housing and transit-oriented housing
  • Project triggers within three years of agreement
  • Project creates high paying jobs, above Salt Lake County median
  • Project provides partnerships opportunities for education
  • Project has support of other taxing entities
  • Term period of Project does not exceed 20 years
  • Performance of the municipality’s previous tax increment projects
  • The likelihood of the Project’s development without District participation





Document History

Adopted –  11.13.2018.

This online presentation is an electronic representation of the Canyons School District’s currently adopted policy manual. It does not reflect updating activities in progress. The official, authoritative manual is available for inspection in the office of the Superintendent located at 9361 South 300 East Sandy, UT 84070.

Board Meeting Schedule

PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that the Board of Education for Canyons School District will hold a regular study session and public business meeting at the Canyons District Office building, 9361 S. 300 E., Sandy, UT each month unless otherwise posted. The Board may determine to conduct some business during a study session. All business meetings will begin at 7:00 p.m. unless changed by the Board and appropriately posted for the public.

Please note that ALL DATES, TIMES and LOCATIONS listed on this scheduled are TENTATIVE and are subject to change at any time.  Please check this schedule often to be informed of any changes.

Unless otherwise specified, all meetings in the schedule below will take place as the Canyons District Office located at 9361 S. 300 E. in Sandy, Utah.

District Leaders

Dr. Rick Robins


Dr. Rick L. Robins is the superintendent of Canyons School District. Dr. Robins, who was selected by the Canyons Board of Education after a national search, brings 24 years of experience as an educator to his role as the chief executive officer of Utah’s fifth-largest school district. Prior to joining Canyons, Dr. Robins, who earned an Ed.D. from the University of Las Vegas, for six years was Superintendent of the Juab School District, based in Nephi, Utah. While there, Dr. Robins, who also was the Juab High School Principal from 2009-2013, helped oversee efforts to improve the district’s graduation rate to 97 percent, a double-digit increase over a 10-year period. Other innovations he led in Juab included a partnership with Arizona State University for blended-learning opportunities; the launch of a districtwide competency-based personalized learning model driven by a 1:1 technology initiative and standards-based reporting system; and the construction of the STEM-focused West Campus Innovations Center, funded largely through private and corporate sponsorships. Dr. Robins began his career as a history teacher at Copper Hills High in the Jordan School District and has worked as an assistant principal and principal in the Alpine, Nebo and Juab school districts. He was the 2012 Utah High School Principal of the Year for the Utah Association of Secondary School Principals, and in 2014 earned the Lexington Institute Superintendent Fellowship Award presented to innovative superintendents across the country. Dr. Robins was starting quarterback for the football team at Southern Utah University Thunderbirds from 1991-1995, and in 2013 was inducted into SUU’s Athletic Hall of Fame. He has four children and one grandchild.

Leon Wilcox

Business Administrator and CFO

Leon Wilcox is a seasoned professional with 20 years of governmental accounting experience, with an emphasis on financial reporting, budgeting, and auditing. As Canyons District’ Director of Accounting from 2009-2013, Wilcox was intricately involved with the 2009 division of $1.5 billion in assets of the former Jordan School District, and was responsible for establishing Canyons’ original and subsequent budgets. Wilcox, a certified public accountant who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Utah State University, also has worked nine years in the Granite School District and six years in the State Auditor’s Office.

Supervises:  Accounting and Budget Services, Facilities and Maintenance, Insurance, New Construction Budget, Nutrition Services, Purchasing, Payroll

Dr. Robert M. Dowdle

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and School Performance

Robert Dowdle has a Doctor of Education degree with an emphasis in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah, and more than 31 years of experience as a teacher and educational leader. He began his career at Mount Jordan Middle School, where he taught Earth Science, English and Social Studies. He later taught Advanced Placement Economics, U.S. History and World History at Bingham High School, and served as Principal of Jordan High School and Assistant Principal for Alta High School and Brighton High School. Dowdle has served in the District office for 11 years as Assistant Superintendent. This role has included various leadership responsibilities, including Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer. Dr. Dowdle currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and School Performance.

Lucie Chamberlain

Alta View Elementary

If a movie about super teachers were ever made, Lucie Chamberlain would be a prime candidate for a leading role. Fortunately for her kindergarten students at Alta View Elementary, she already thrives in a supporting role for them. Parents thank her for being a “super teacher.” She is also described as an “amazing colleague.” Whether students need help in the classroom or from home while sick, Lucie goes above and beyond to help them learn, overcome fears, and feel important and cared for. Lucie is the reason a number of kids went from hating school to loving it, according to parents. The way she exudes patience, sweetness, positive energy, and love for her students with special needs melts is appreciated and admired. One parent noted: “Both my kids wish she could be their teacher forever.” Another added:  “She treats every student like their learning and their feelings are her priority.” Super teacher, indeed!

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