Most Utahns still favor two tax-cutting initiative measures, but a majority don't like a third, a new Deseret News/KSL-TV poll shows.
Leaders of the Utah Tax Limitation Coalition have turned in their petitions to local county clerks. The clerks are verifying the signatures of registered voters and will report to the lieutenant governor's office July 5 on their results.If the organizers get 63,000 verified signatures in the proper numbers from 15 of the 29 counties, the petitions will be placed on the Nov. 8 ballot for voter consideration.
Deputy Lt. Gov. Dave Hansen said that from early tabulations made by the clerks, he believes the three petitions will get enough signatures to be put on the ballot. "We hope that by July 8 we can have word one way or the other on the petitions," he said.
In a May 31-June 1 poll conducted by Dan Jones & Associates, 56 percent of those questioned said they're in favor of the petition that would limit property taxes and growth in state and local government. Twenty-three percent oppose the petition and 21 percent didn't know.
The petition that would cut income, sales, gasoline and cigarette taxes to 1986 levels was favored by 58 percent of those questioned, Jones found. Thirty-four percent oppose that petition and 9 percent didn't know.
While those petitions are favored by most Utahns, a third petition that would give an income tax credit to parents of children educated in private schools
gets only 41 percent support. Fifty-one percent oppose that petition and 9 percent didn't know.
Six weeks ago, Jones made a survey of the first two tax-cutting petitions. At that time he found 58 percent in favor of capping property taxes and 62 percent in favor or rescinding the 1987 tax increases.
So, both petitions have dropped slightly in public favor since, although the drops are within the poll's margin of error, plus or minus 4 percent.
The tax limitation movement sprung up after Gov. Norm Bangerter and the Legislature agreed to raise taxes by $160 million in 1987.
The income tax portion of that change has brought in more money than expected and now Bangerter is calling a July 5 special legislative session to consider, among other things, returning $80 million in surplus income tax to taxpayers.
Do you favor or oppose limiting residential property tax to 0.75 percent of the property's fair market value and all other property to 1 percent of fair market value?
Strongly favor 25 percent
Somewhat favor 31 percent
Somewhat favor 10 percent
Strongly favor 13 percent
Don't know 21 percent
Do you favor or oppose reducing the sales, motor fuel, tobacco and income taxes back to the 1986 level?
Strongly favor 37 percent
Somewhat favor 21 percent
Somewhat oppose 13 percent
Strongly oppose 21 percent
Don't know 9 percent
Do you favor or oppose allowing an income tax credit for parents who send their children to private schools?
Strongly favor 22 percent
Somewhat favor 19 percent
Somewhat oppose 15 percent
Strongly oppose 36 percent
Don't know 9 percent
Sample size: 607; margin of error plus or minus 4 percent