Utah Foundation: Urban Counties Subsidize Rural Counties

Utah Foundation: Urban Counties Subsidize Rural Counties

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Utah legislators are expecting some complaints following a Utah Foundation study that found the state's urban counties are subsidizing the rural areas.

For every dollar Summit County residents pay in state taxes, their county gets back just 12 cents in services, the study found.

Salt Lake County gets back 80 cents on the dollar while Sanpete County gets back four dollars and 35 cents per tax dollar.

Senator David Gladwell of Ogden says: "I'm sure we'll hear some squeaks and moans."

The study of fiscal 2001 revenue and spending found the donor counties include Salt Lake and its neighbors, Summit, Davis, Morgan and Tooele, plus Washington and Grand counties, which benefit from tourism and larger tax bases.

The rest of the counties receive more than the give, with Sanpete, Piute and San Juan counties all getting at least four times what they contribute.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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