City urges residents to attend tax reform hearing July 20

The City of Moab wants residents to understand what’s happening with ongoing tax reform efforts undertaken by the Utah Legislature – and they especially want residents to attend an open house and public hearing on the subject at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 20 at the Grand Center, 182 North 500 West.

In an email sent out by Council Member Karen Guzman-Newton, the city has added a new tax web page that explains the ongoing work of a legislative task force charged with studying the issue.

Moab is one of eight Utah communities that will host an open house. “Please attend – community participation is crucial,” reads the web page. “Feedback from Moab residents and businesses will help the legislature develop solutions to the tax issues facing the state.”

The city said the high tourist visitation to Moab has earned it the designation of a “resort community,” which enables Moab to collect a resort community sales tax. According to the city, reliance on sales-based taxes accounts for more than 80 percent of general fund revenue.

Tax reform has the potential to cause “ripple effects” by restructuring how Moab receives operating funding, or by reducing sales-based revenue.

The state, according to the city, hopes to minimize those ripple effects, which makes it all the more important for people to attend the July 20 public hearing and open house.