Cache County keeping an eye on legislation as 2019 session winds down

The controversial tax bill (HB441) is purported to be debated on Thursday in the Utah Legislature. On KVNU’s For the People program on Wednesday, Cache County Executive Craig Buttars talked about what he’s tracking in this session of the legislature.

“Right now, on our radar, is this tax bill and how it might have impact to the county. But earlier on in the session we were tracking a bill that would put a moratorium on the change in county classifications.

“Right now Cache County is at the population level where we should be moving from a county of the third class to a county of the second class. But House Bill 50 actually has passed and is waiting for the governor’s signature, which will be putting a moratorium on that change of classification,” he said.

Buttars said this is important because some of the funding issues and some of the allocations of the local option sales tax are impacted by a change in county classification. Instead of lobbyists, counties in Utah have a county association which acts like a lobbyist. But Buttars said direct contact with lawmakers is the best way to give input or express concern over a bill.

AUDIO: Cache County executive Craig Buttars talks to KVNU’S Jason Williams of For the People

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