Hearings set on proposed tax increases in Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Public hearings will begin this week on tax increases proposed by 46 cities, school districts and other entities in Utah.

Denny Lytle of the Utah State Tax Commission’s Property Tax Division says the “Truth in Taxation” hearings allow citizens their best chance to be heard as tax rates are finalized.

The hearings, which start Tuesday and run through Aug. 20, are the last stop before tax rates are locked in. The tax rate can be lowered at the hearings but not raised.

The Deseret News reports (http://bit.ly/12SBq8F ) the Utah Taxpayers Association is paying special attention to about a dozen pending tax increases.

Association Vice President Royce Van Tassell says Salt Lake City residents are facing as many as three separate tax increases and that’s too much.

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