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Resort Owner Near Bryce Canyon Wants to Incorporate into a Town

Resort Owner Near Bryce Canyon Wants to Incorporate into a Town

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A popular resort next to Bryce Canyon National Park wants to incorporate into a town, and that has county officials worried about their bottom line.

For 88 years Ruby's Inn has been a popular stop for visitors to the national park. Now the owners of resort have filed to incorporate as Bryce Canyon City.

But Garfield County commissioners oppose the idea because they stand to lose a lot of tax revenue.

Garfield's unincorporated areas provide about $400,000 to the county in annual sales-tax revenue. Most of that, around $250,000 to $300,000, comes from Ruby's Inn.

Garfield County Commissioner Maloy Dodds told legislators yesterday the move would prompt the county to significantly raise taxes.

Dodds met with legislators to express concern over a recent change in state law that would allow the move.

A bill passed in the last session shifted the decision-making power on whether incorporations can take place from county commissions to property owners.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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