Ogden Mayor L. Clifford Goff has asked the City Council to enlist LDS Church President Ezra Taft Benson in the war against the tax-limitation movement.
"We need one person to come out against it, and that's Ezra Taft Benson," Goff said Thursday night. "It seems to me it's a lot more important than liquor by the drink. I think the council ought to make an appointment with President Benson."
Goff's comments drew fire from sponsors of the Utah tax-limitation initiatives.
"That's totally inappropriate," Danny Blaylock, Weber County chairman of the Utah Tax Limitation Coalition, said Friday. "I believe the church has a place to speak out on moral issues; I don't believe it (axes) is a moral issue of the same nature as abortion or liquor by the drink."
Spokesman Don LeFevre said The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has taken no position on the tax initiatives.
"They are welcome to try and set up an appointment with President Benson," LeFevre said.