Moab city officials are processing a proposal to reform sales and income tax in the State of Utah after a state task force released the proposal late last week. Although many council members are leaning on city staff for help understanding the implications of the 182-page plan, Council Member Mike Duncan said that a proposal to rework the taxation of groceries is a concern at the front of his mind.
During a discussion on the City of Moab’s Sustainability Action Plan, officials including the mayor and city council members aired frustrations with the process of creating the plan, which has been months in the making, and which has been led by Moab’s Sustainability Director Rosemarie Russo, over complaints that Russo has failed to lead a cohesive process for drafting the plan or to amply account for officials’ feedback during its writing.
A recent traffic study of off-highway vehicles by Moab City Police has, at least in its initial phase, yielded results that the “vast majority” of OHVs, according to Police Chief Bret Edge, are in compliance with state regulations that define what make a side-by-side and similar vehicles street legal.
By their own estimates, backers of a proposal to restructure Utah’s tax code say their plan would decrease the tax burden on residents from all income brackets, with one exception: one- and two-person households with annual earnings between $15,000 and $35,000.
A plan from the Utah State Legislature’s Tax Restructuring and Equalization Task Force would broaden the state’s tax base, reducing it in some places and increasing it elsewhere. The changes will have complex effects; while Utahns’ income taxes will decrease, sales taxes around the state will increase and appear where they haven’t been before, such as at the vet, the car wash, in taxis and elsewhere.
Of the 2,571 registered voters in Moab, 69 percent cast ballots in Tuesday’s election Nov. 5, re-electing each of the incumbents to the city council through the end of 2023.
Friends of Zella Ceniceros honored her life and legacy on Tuesday, Nov. 5, during a candlelight vigil held at Grand County High School, where she had been a senior, one week after she died suddenly.
Moab City Police arrested Elizabeth “Libby” Lee Nance last week after she allegedly entered the office of her former employer, the Moab Mosquito Abatement District, from which she had been trespassed upon termination. She faces multiple charges, including a threat of violence against a police officer, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
The Grand County Sheriff’s Office arrested three people Friday, Nov. 1, for allegedly transferring false identification and “financial cards.” Each of the three face 30 felony charges in the bust.
Four people face criminal drug distribution charges after Grand County sheriff deputies two weeks ago allegedly found them in possession of roughly an ounce of methamphetamine and heroin, scales and hundreds of dollars in cash, a check and debit card.
Moab City Police arrested a man last week after his wife reported that, during a date night, he punched her in the head multiple times, took her phone to prevent her from calling police and held her hair to prevent her from getting away.
Moabites reelected incumbents Tawny Knuteson-Boyd, Kalen Jones and Rani Derasary, who will remain in office each for another four-year term.