Organizers and supporters of the citizen tax referendum gathering at the Utah State Capitol to give an update and rally in support of the petition calling for the Utah Legislature to allow voters to decide on the tax reform bill.
Lawmakers who worked on the Senate Bill 2001 characterized it as a $160 million tax cut, although it raised sales taxes on gas and groceries, and would institute new taxes on previously untaxed services.
The governor signed the tax reform bill that passed in a special session in December that raises food taxes by 177%, fuel taxes by 35%, and adds numerous new taxes for services and changes funding for education and transportation.
A minimum of 115,689 signatures is needed to put the new tax bill on the ballot for voters to either accept or reject. The signatures must be divided proportionally among at least 15 of Utah’s 29 counties, by Tuesday for the petition to be successful and give voters the final say at the polls.
Fred C. Cox, referendum organizer and former state legislator, is going to be joined at the rally by Bob Harmon, chairman for Harmons Grocery, and Gina Cornia, executive director for Utahns Against Hunger.
The rally begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, on the front steps of the Utah State Capitol. In case of inclement weather, the rally will be moved inside to the Capitol Rotunda.