Tax Reform Update

I hope your summer is going great! I’ve received plenty of phone calls and emails regarding tax reform and how our community can get involved. Below you will read more on the latest with tax reform. If you have any questions about this, feel free to reach out to me. I want to make sure you understand this process. Every voice needs to be heard and counted.

Revenue Restructure Town Hall Meetings

In the 2019 General Legislative Session, the Utah Legislature created the Tax Restructuring and Equalization Task Force to look for ways to address the state’s outdated tax structure, get public input and suggest solutions. A series of revenue restructure town hall meetings start Tuesday, June 25 in Brigham City as part of a listening tour being held throughout the state to receive public input.

The town hall meetings will begin with an open house for attendees to learn about the issue, along with the process and ask questions. Following the open house, the task force will provide a presentation on the challenges the state budget is facing, and the public will have the opportunity to provide input. Additionally, an informational website will be available with a form for the public to make comments and provide feedback throughout the process.
Currently, Utahns enjoy a high quality of life and the benefits of a strong economy. As a result, the state is experiencing significant growth as businesses and families increasingly recognize Utah as an exceptional place to work, live and play. However, this growth and the state’s changing economy, have outpaced the 1933 revenue structure. This imbalance in state revenue sources, combined with restrictions on revenue use, could affect the quality of life for which Utah has long been known. If the imbalance is not addressed soon, it could negatively impact important funding priorities such as transportation, water, air quality, public safety, recreation and health care.
Find additional details and information at strongerfutures.utah.gov Below are the town halls slated for the summer. In case you want to live stream a meeting, you can gain access here. If there are technical issues with the live stream, the recording will be posted on the legislative website at a later time.

  1. Tuesday, June 25 – Brigham City, Utah State University Brigham Campus, Multi-purpose room, 989 S Main St. Brigham City, UT 84302

    • Open house – 6:00 p.m.

    • Town hall meeting – 7:00 p.m.

  2.  Thursday, June 27 – Salt Lake County, Chamber West, Element Event Center, 5658 S. Cougar Lane (4800 W.), Kearns, UT

    • Open house – 6:00 p.m.

    • Town hall meeting – 7:00 p.m.

  3. Friday, June 28 – Richfield, Sevier County Fairgrounds, Exhibit Hall, 410 E. 200 S., Richfield, UT

    • Open house – 5:00 p.m.

    • Town hall meeting – 6:00 p.m.

  4. Saturday, June 29 – St. George, Dixie Tech, Auditorium & Lobby, 610 S. Tech Ridge Dr., St. George, UT

    • Open house – 1:00 p.m.

    • Town hall meeting – 2:00 p.m.

  5. Monday, July 8 – Davis County, Davis Tech, Business Resource Center, Main Conference Room, 450 S. Simmons Way, Kaysville, UT

    • Open house – 6:00 p.m.

    • Town hall meeting – 7:00 p.m.

  6. Tuesday, July 9 – Roosevelt, Crossroads Senior Center, 50 E. 200 S., Roosevelt, UT

    • Open house – 6:00 p.m.

    • Town hall meeting – 7:00 p.m.

  7. Saturday, July 20 – Moab, Grand Center, 182 N. 500 W., Moab, UT

    • Open house – 1:00 p.m.

    • Town hall meeting – 2:00 p.m.

  8. Tuesday, July 30 – Utah County, Silicon Slopes/UTC, 2600 Executive Parkway, Suite 140, Lehi, UT***Venue subject to change.

    • Open house – 6:00 p.m.

    • Town hall meeting – 7:00 p.m.

In the News: Tax Foundation | Deseret News | The Herald Journal

Thank you for allowing me to represent you in the Utah State Senate. I appreciate the positive emails and phone calls from my constituents and community members.

Have a happy and safe rest of your week!

Warm Regards,

Senator Ron Winterton
Utah Senate District 26

 

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