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Utah Taxpayers Association Response to the Our Schools Now Initiative

The Utah Taxpayers Association is concerned with the proposal put forward today by the Our Schools Now initiative. Utah taxpayers already provide more than $4 billion annually to our public education system, and an increase of this magnitude without a sound, detailed proposal to help Utah’s students achieve the best outcomes will not be the […]

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Efforts Towards Major Tax Reform in Utah Stalls, Work to Continue Throughout the Year

Efforts Towards Major Tax Reform in Utah Stalls, Work to Continue Throughout the Year

Throughout the 2017 General Session your Taxpayers Association was working alongside legislative leaders to put major tax reform efforts in place that would broaden and strengthen Utah’s tax base, while lowering the overall rates on sales, income, and corporate income taxes. Unfortunately, it was announced late in the Session that many of these proposals would […]

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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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Don’t let a famous company dazzle us into a bad deal

Don’t let a famous company dazzle us into a bad deal

Economic development and jobs are top priorities for us. As Salt Lake County mayor and as a state senator, we’ve supported many projects where businesses get tax support in exchange for creating good-paying jobs and bringing more economic growth to the state. But when taxpayer dollars are on the line, one question stands out: Is […]

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Is West Jordan’s Discus deal a sound investment in the future or corporate welfare?

Is West Jordan’s Discus deal a sound investment in the future or corporate welfare?

The City of West Jordan is currently negotiating an Economic Development Area (EDA) in the Southwest corner of the city to attract a large technology company to build a number of data centers within that area. The area is called the Pioneer Technology District EDA. The deal is essentially a property tax break to the […]

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How to Appeal the County’s Valuation of Your Property

How to Appeal the County’s Valuation of Your Property

Utah’s 29 counties recently mailed property tax notices to every Utah property owner. These notices indicate the parcel’s market value, the taxable value, the property tax rate each taxing entity with jurisdiction over the parcel intends to levy, the anticipated total property tax due on the property, and any Truth-in-Taxation hearings being held in the […]

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