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Group hopes referendum can stop property tax hike

Group hopes referendum can stop property tax hike



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SALT LAKE COUNTY -- A group opposing the Jordan School District tax hike is looking to see if it can use a referendum to stop the property tax increase.

Aaron Osmond represents the newly-formed group called Utahns for Tax Limitations. He tells KSL Newsradio's Nightside the group thinks the district can do more to cut administrative costs in the short term. So group members are checking the legality of a referendum to challenge the district's budget.

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"At the end of the day, we need to step back and make sure if any action should be pursued on a referendum. Right now we are gathering signatures in the event we make that decision," said Osmond.

Osmond says the group does appreciate the school board lowering the tax increase from 40 percent to 20 percent, but he says there still are many areas where money is wasted.

"We need to be more creative in how we administer and distribute these, really, what I call sacred funds," said Osmond.

The 20 percent tax increase will cost an extra $68 a year on a $100,000 home and will generate $23.5 million for the district.

Many taxpayers at Tuesday night's meeting objected to the tax hike. Some supported the board's move, saying something had to be done.

E-mail: rjeppesen@ksl.com

Randall Jeppesen

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