Legislative proposal to eliminate Restaurant Tax unpopular

A bill has been proposed to the Utah legislature that would do away with the restaurant tax, officially known as the Tourism, Recreation, Cultural and Convention Tax.The one percent tax on foods sold in restaurants would be replaced with a one-tenth of one percent tax on all items sold, similar to the RAPZ Tax. Cache County Executive Lynn Lemon says the Utah Restaurant Association is behind the proposed bill but he feels local residents support the restaurant tax.”We’ve been able to do a lot of really nice recreational projects throughout the county,” Lemon says. “A lot of the small towns have been able to make major improvements in their parks. A lot of things we wouldn’t have been able to do without this.”Lemon says that there are a growing number or people who do not like this new proposal from the legislature. “I know there’s a lot of opposition to this proposal from like the retailers; there’s opposition to this from the automobile association. A lot of people are opposed to this proposal. So I think we should just leave it like it is.”Lemon says he believes most, if not all, of the council members feel the same way. He says under the proposed bill Cache would actually pay more because some of its tax money would go to counties like Summit and Grand to help them make up for what they would be losing from the restaurant tax.

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