Revised sales tax proposal would change the rules for Utah cities and towns

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  • Makid Kearns, UT
    July 16, 2012 8:09 a.m.

    The tax breaks are just that, breaks. It is generally a break on the property taxes that would be paid by the developments. So, with changing the sales tax distribution formula, those businesses and cities wouldn't change anything since it is sales tax and not property tax.

    Changing this formula would also help with police protection as some cities, like Lehi and Salt Lake have their population double or more so during the day and then return to lower levels in the evening. The extra sales tax revenue will help with bringing on additional police for the working hours. This will shift the burden off of the residents because the new increase would cover the cost of the additional police.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    July 16, 2012 7:01 a.m.

    I would ask Mr. Van Tassell how the cities that HAVE given tax breaks to get the developments would be repaid for their investments if his scheme is approved?

    You cannot change the rules in the middle of the game without serious repercussions. Say you bought a bond with a five year life and a fixed coupon of 5%, but after 2 years the issuer said "we're only going to pay 1% from now on" No one would buy that sompany's bonds again.

  • 101Ways Taylorsville, UT
    July 16, 2012 5:27 a.m.

    My choice would be to eliminate tax exempt incentives to business and this would take care of the problem and not create any new problems. Reducing taxes on consumers and workers should be the priority to growth. Business tax breaks do not create jobs or growth but it does put a burden on the working people and tax payers to pay the sales taxes and business taxes. If tax exempt incentives to business were denounced as illegal, the cities would not need to raise sales taxes on consumers. Rather than purge the pockets of consumers, put more in their pockets.

    Tax free incentives are inflationary and drive a city into poverty and keeps it there. Tax incentives has put Taylorsville out of business so it is not a proven benefit to success of a city. Tax incentives in Taylorsville has forced us to shop elsewhere Government has forgotten who keeps a city in business, its not business that don't pay taxes nor missing consumers.

    Business profits are so astronomical now that there is no excuse for then to get tax free incentives and burden the consumers and property owners with double taxation business owe to the city.