Our Schools Now wants to put tax hike for education on the ballot in 2018

June 06, 2017 (Fox 13 News)

The process to get on the 2018 ballot is just beginning. With the paperwork filed, the Lt. Governor’s Office will review the proposed language and draft a fiscal note. Then, Our Schools Now will have to conduct seven public hearings across the state in July.

After that, they have to gather 113,000 signatures in 26 of Utah’s 29 senate districts. Once those are reviewed, and if they are approved, the “Teacher & Student Success Act” would go on next year’s ballot.

If voters approved it, the average Utah household would see an income and sales tax hike of about $416, according to numbers from the Utah Foundation. Here’s how it breaks down by income:

A breakdown by the Utah Foundation of how much the Our Schools Now ballot initiative would affect taxpayers. (screen grab of Our Schools Now paperwork)

Opponents point out that voters may want to support education, but may not want to pay even more in taxes to do it.

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