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Difference Between Highest and Lowest Per Pupil Spending is Nearly $14,000, New Report Shows

Difference Between Highest and Lowest Per Pupil Spending is Nearly $14,000, New Report Shows

Utah’s public education funding system disparity continues to grow, according to the Utah Taxpayers Association’s 2017 School Spending Report. The School Spending Report details school district and charter school spending during the 2015-2016 fiscal year. The report outlines spending per student of 41 school districts across the state, and the average charter school spending on […]

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$578 of Average Utahn’s Income Goes to City Government

$578 of Average Utahn’s Income Goes to City Government

$578 of Average Utahn’s Income Goes to City Government Each year, as city Truth in Taxation hearings occur during the summer. Your Taxpayers Association wants you to be armed with data you need to show government officials just how much of your money they are spending. Using data collected from the State Auditor, Census Bureau, […]

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December My Corner: Ballot Question for $750 Million Income Tax Increase for Public Education will Fail, Create Lasting Ill-Will

December My Corner: Ballot Question for $750 Million Income Tax Increase for Public Education will Fail, Create Lasting Ill-Will

Written by Association President Howard Stephenson Published on December 6, 2016 On November 29, 2016 education advocacy organizations Prosperity 2020 and Education First announced their intention to seek voter approval of a $750 million permanent increase in Utah’s individual and corporate income taxes. If approved by voters, the tax hike would raise the current rate […]

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2016 Cost of City Government Report

2016 Cost of City Government Report

REPORT: UTAH CITIES TAKE $564 PER PERSON ANNUALLY Utah Taxpayers Association Cost of City Governments Report finds Salt Lake City and South Salt Lake to be the most expensive cities for taxpayers; Riverton and Taylorsville the least expensive. The Utah Taxpayers Association has released its 2016 Cost of City Governments Report. The report analyzes the […]

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Cities, Counties, Special Service Districts Propose Tax Increases

Cities, Counties, Special Service Districts Propose Tax Increases

In last month’s edition of the Utah Taxpayer, we reviewed a few cities and school districts that are looking to increase their levies on taxpayers. As happens every summer, cities and school districts, along with a few special service districts, prepare their budget for the new fiscal year and consider property tax increases. The Utah […]

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TAX ALERT: Pleasant Grove is Discussing a new $1 Million Utility Fee

TAX ALERT: Pleasant Grove is Discussing a new $1 Million Utility Fee

Despite Utah County voters overwhelming rejecting Proposition 1 in 2015, officials in Pleasant Grove are ignoring the direct voice of their constituents and trying to impose a mandatory, monthly fee to pay for roads. The fee, (just another way to say “tax”), would be forced upon every household and business in the entire city, which […]

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