Utah County tax hike opponents file referendum

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PROVO — Opponents of a plan to raise Utah County’s property taxes for the first time in more than two decades are filing a referendum to challenge it.

Julie Blaney of Payson said she completed the paperwork Monday on a proposal to freeze the budget at 2018 levels, the Daily Herald in Provo reported.

“And all we’re asking is that it go to the voters to decide. Let the voters decide if they want to pay more property tax,” she said.

The county now has 20 days to vet the referendum, and if it’s approved her group would start gathering signatures to try and get on the ballot. The group needs to collect more than 21,000 signatures of Utah County residents in 45 days, Blaney said.

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