By Curtis S. Bramble
District 16The Standard Examiner reported
a group in Ogden will host a tax reform discussion, because none of the official town meetings are scheduled for their city. The Tax Reform Task Force will hold public hearings at various locations but it’s nearly impossible to hold them in every city and town in the state.
Scott Schwebke got it right when he reported I applauded the Ogden group for organizing their own public meeting.
There will be six public hearings in October (we’ve already held one in Logan), but we need far more than six discussions on tax reform in Utah. There should be scores of meetings and thousands of conversations. Citizens should hold meetings in every part of the state. We should be talking about this in Rotary Clubs, in the classroom, at the water cooler and the dinner table. Every group and individual with an interest should be actively engaged in the discussion.
Then, when you’ve reached your best conclusion, you should communicate your viewpoint to your senators and representatives, so it can be converted into action at the legislature. That’s the American system.
I hope that Ogden will not be our only city to organize its own tax reform discussion. If Utahns are good at anything, it is finding solutions and making a difference through spontaneous community organization. That’s a local tradition we should treasure and cultivate.
If I can help, please let me know.