St. George Area Chamber of Commerce
Contact: Gregg McArthur, Executive Director, (435) 628-1650, or
Terri Draper, Chamber Community Action Committee Chair, (435) 251-2108
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ST. GEORGE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HOSTS ISSUES OVER EGGS TO INFORM ABOUT PROPOSITION 1
ST. GEORGE, UTAH – In an effort to help members better understand Proposition 1, the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting members and other residents to an Issues Over Eggs breakfast at 7:30am on Friday, September 30 held in the SelectHealth Auditorium located at 1424 E. Foremaster Drive.
At the Washington County Commission meeting held on August 16th, there was discussion in regards to a ballot initiative for a ¼ of 1% sales tax for transportation. It was determined that Proposition 1, Local Option Sales Tax, will be added to the ballot in November to be voted on by the citizens of Washington County.
If passed, Proposition 1 will approve a slight tax increase and allocate the resulting funding to transportation improvements. St. George Mayor Jon Pike and Public Works Director Cameron Cutler will explain more about the proposition at the “Issues Over Eggs” event. Intermountain Healthcare sponsors the breakfast and the general public is invited to attend.
“We like to give our members an opportunity to learn about current issues, like this proposed tax, and encourage them to offer feedback and suggestions to local leaders,” said Gregg McArthur, St. George Area Chamber Executive Director. “Proposition 1 would take a quarter of one cent of sales tax — that’s one cent from every four dollars —and dedicate it to local growth in the form of transportation investments in roads, bike lanes, sidewalks, trails and transit.”
Proponents say Washington County’s population is increasing significantly and this surge of growth has elected officials struggling to keep pace with community necessities like roads. Understanding this problem, Utah’s conservative legislature passed a bill in 2015 to increase the motor fuel tax and the bill included an additional option for transportation support that counties could act on: Proposition 1. The bill permitted counties to include Proposition 1 on their general election ballots so voters could decide locally whether or not to invest now in their transportation systems through the outlined tax.
For more information about this event, call (435) 628-1650.