When the Salt Lake City Council, meeting for a Saturday retreat, brought a proposal up for discussion to raise the city's property tax, you could have heard George Bush whispering "read my lips."

The proposal was listed among many the council considered in preparing to craft a budget this year, including charging accident victims for emergency medical service and posting advertisements on city parking meters.But when City Council Chairman W.M. "Willie" Stoler asked for any discussion on a staff proposal to increase the property tax one mill, generating roughly $1 million in revenue, the council passed over it quickly.

"It seemed the council was unanimously opposed to any property tax increase," Stoler said.

The council, together with leaders from other Utah cities and towns, will honor an agreement with Gov. Norm Bangerter that taxes would not change this year in lieu of a property tax freeze proposed by the governor, Stoler said.