The most-debated issue in the 1988 campaign has been tax limitation, which appears on the ballot Tuesday in the form of two initiatives that would restrict property, income and other taxes in Utah.
A third initiative, which would give parents of children in private schools a tax credit, has received little attention compared to the proposals that supporters and opponents agree would cut millions of dollars from state and local budgets.Stories on all three tax initiatives, labeled on the ballot as A, B and C, are contained in section H, behind the travel section, of today's Deseret News, along with stories on the proposed amendments to the state's constitution.
The special election section also includes a sample Salt Lake County election ballot, list of polling places and details on the races for state attorney general, auditor and treasurer as well as Utah's three congressmen.
The tax initiatives gained a spot on the ballot through the efforts of tax-limitation supporters who gathered the signatures of tens of thousands of Utahns on petitions.
Those supporters, organized as the Tax Limitation Coalition, have toiled for well over a year to spread their message that the state's stagnant economy will be boosted by a tax cut.
Their opponents are some of the state's most powerful figures and organizations, including former Gov. Scott M. Matheson and the Utah Education Association.
Both the Tax Limitation Coalition and Taxpayers for Utah have tried to reach every Utahn by handing out more than half a million brochures statewide and holding debates before large and small groups almost daily.