City Council members were quiet after a public hearing on the initiative to remove the sales tax on food.

The council, which earlier had decided to pass a resolution opposing the initiative because it would reduce the city's annual revenue by about $557,000, listened to Orem residents' concerns Tuesday and did not vote on the resolution.About 10 people spoke about the issue; all were in favor of removing the tax.

Councilwoman Lucile Steele read a letter from UVCC President Kerry Romesburg favoring the resolution because "much of the funding for higher education comes from sales taxes."

The initiative, which will be on the November ballot and would go into effect July 1, 1991, would cut Orem revenue by about 10 percent.

City Manager Daryl Berlin told the City Council that the period until July could give the city time to find alternate funding.