City Council members have released an official statement saying the city will oppose the initiative to remove sales tax on food.

But, Mayor S. Blaine Willes said the council should not vote to accept the resolution until Orem residents have a chance to voice their opinions."It might look bad if we announced that we had passed the issue and then announced a public meeting," Councilman Keith Hunt said.

So, the council postponed a decision on the resolution and scheduled a public hearing for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, in the Council Chambers.

City officials said the initiative, which will be on ballots in November, would reduce Orem's revenue by more than $557,000 annually and result in the loss of services.