Report: Taxpayers donate more to homelessness than education

FILE - People gather near a shelter in Salt Lake City Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, in Salt Lake City. Legislative leaders and the mayors of Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County announced they're abandoning two of four planned homeless resource centers for the city. Officials said they'll still build two other 200-bed shelters and will select a site for a third shelter in Salt Lake County by March 30. House Speaker Greg Hughes, R-Draper, says officials have also decided they'll close the 1,000-plus bed downtown homeless shelter by June 30, 2019.(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A state report shows that Utah taxpayers donated twice as much to fight homelessness than to support education in 2015.

Taxpayers donated the most money to fight homelessness, contributing about $70,000, while handing off about $35,000 for education.

With Tax Day approaching, Utah residents have their latest opportunity to send in donations with their tax returns. The most recent report examining donations on tax returns also shows that there has been a downward trend in the amount of money that residents have contributed over the last 25 years.

In 1990, there was nearly $450,000 in donations, but by 2015 that amount had decreased to about $191,000.

Billy Hesterman, of a nonprofit taxpayer group, says some people may simply not know that they can contribute through their tax returns.

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