Herbert signs bill allowing voters to respond to proposed gasoline tax to fund education

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Governor Gary R. Herbert signed the “Our Schools Now” tax bill Monday. (Photo: Mike Stephen / KUTV)

(KUTV) -- Governor Gary R. Herbert signed the “Our Schools Now” tax bill Monday.

The ceremonially signing of House Bill 491, givers voters the opportunity to vote on a question that would increase the state gasoline tax by 10 cents per gallon, sending more funding to the public education system.

Legislative estimates calculate that this ballot question would send $125 million to public education in the first full year of its implementation, a press release stated.

Our Schools Now sent a letter to Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox officially withdrawing the citizens’ initiative petition, and agreed to stop pursuing its Teacher and Student Success Act.

“I believe that the people of Utah want to invest more into education. And I believe that the people of Utah believe that they should pay their fair share,” Gov. Herbert said in a prepared statement. “Today we are celebrating a remarkable collaboration between the Our Schools Now initiative and our state legislature. In typical Utah fashion, they came together this session in search of solutions on a topic we all care about -- and together, they found an answer that provides a win for everyone involved.”

Gail Miller and Scott Anderson, co-chairs of Our Schools Now, were in attendance of the bill signing that took place at Meadowbrook Elementary in Bountiful with students in attendance..