Davis County Residents Dispute Proposed Tax Hike

Davis County Residents Dispute Proposed Tax Hike

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News Specialist John Daley reporting

The issue in Utah's Davis County tonight is taxes. Hundreds packed a public meeting to voice their concerns.

The controversy is a 138 percent increase in the Davis County portion of the tax bill.

Many residents call that extreme.

Of course virtually no one enjoys paying taxes. And no one enjoys a tax increase.

But Davis County commissioners say a tax increase is needed, particularly to build a new jail.

A large crowd turned out tonight to tell the commissioners what they thought of that idea.

In the midst of a recession, governments are increasingly squeezed when it comes to funding. So are the citizens they represent.

Perhaps then it's not surprising that hundreds turned out in Davis County for a meeting about a proposed tax hike.

The big problem -- the old jail is overcrowded.

The solution -- a new $24 million jail.

To pay for it, county officials are proposing a 138 percent increase on county taxes which would increase the tax bill on a $163,000 home from $110 to $262.

Some at tonight's meeting wonder why county officials delayed this debate until after last month's election.

Others are frustrated the meeting wasn't moved to a bigger hall. And most seem to oppose a large tax hike.

No decisions were made tonight. Davis County officials will hold a meeting two weeks from now to vote on a final proposal.

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