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Summit County Staff Keeping Eye On A Few Bills At State Legislature

Summit County officials are still keeping an eye on events at the State Legislature—whether they topic is a major bill just introduced, other bills that are dying, and all the legislations in between.

A major tax revamp bill has been introduced, sponsored by Rep. Tim Quinn, whose district includes Park City and Wasatch County.

Summit County Manager Tom Fisher said they’re looking at the bill with some apprehension and concern.

“We really didn’t get to look at this until late last week,” Fisher explained. “There was a lot of talk before we got our first look at it about what it included. One of the things we’re concerned about is we did not know of leading up to seeing the bill some of the local option taxes were going to be involved with it, but they’re included.”

Fisher said they will be talking to their legislators.

“We’re seeing where there might be some push points for UAC to have some effect on this,” Fisher said.

KPCW clarified with Fisher that UAC and ULCT did not get the opportunity to look at the bill ahead of time.

“This one was pretty close hold within the legislature,” Fisher continued. “For a lot of different reasons and I understand why but it would’ve been nice to have a pre-look at some of these and some conversations about these topics ahead of time so that we could’ve prepared. When you broaden the base as they’re proposing there’s a lot of special interests involved with that so it’s a difficult issue.”

Another proposed bill will regulate e-scooters. We asked Fisher if that will usurp the county, which is still working on its own law under a Temporary Zoning Ordinance.

“It certainly looks that way from initial read and some initial looks at it,” Fisher explained. “With a lot of different bills anytime that it prevents us from regulating we don’t normally like that. I think our local government UAC, Utah Leagues of Cities and Towns will also be looking at those close.”

Finally, another bill that attracted a lot of attention appears to be dead, at least this year. The bill would have changed almost all county offices, save Commission and Council posts, from elected to appointed positions.

“It’s dead I think for this session,” Fisher said. “I think there will still be looks at it for next session. With a lot of bills, we’re always trying to get down to what the motivation is for the bill. Try to deal with those issues maybe without legislation if we don’t have to. I think we’ll see this one in interim.”

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