Senators refused Tuesday to give depositors in failed Utah thrifts an extra $229,500 in aid. Sen. Fred Finlinson, R-Murray, an attorney-legislator who did yeoman's work in settling the complicated thrift crisis several years ago, introduced a bill that would waive state income tax on assets being sold by the defunct thrifts.

In the agreement, as thrift assets are sold, 50 percent of the money goes to the depositors and 50 percent goes to the state - which "bailed out" the thrifts when a state-created insurance fund became insolvent.But, Finlinson points out, because of interpretations of the agreement, state tax is paid on those assets and then the 50-50 split takes place, so depositors are losing about 5 percent of their share in tax - estimated at $229,500. But senators declined to go along with Finlinson, saying the original agreement should stand.