Utah tax law repeal supporters say measure will go to ballot

January 22, 2020 GMT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Supporters of an effort to overturn recent changes to Utah’s tax laws collected enough signatures to put the issue on the November ballot, they said.

The tax reform package passed last month in a special state legislative session reduces income taxes while raising sales tax on food, gas and some services with an expected overall tax cut of $160 million.

If sufficient signatures are confirmed, residents will be able to vote whether to enact or repeal the legislation.

Former Republican state lawmaker Fred Cox said internal tracking shows volunteers have collected about 152,000 signatures of voters opposing the measure.

The figure exceeds the 116,000 required to qualify for the ballot and meets minimum signature thresholds in at least 18 of Utah’s 29 counties, Cox said.

The Utah Lieutenant Governor’s Office announced Tuesday evening that only 58,000 signatures had been verified.

The figure does not include all petitions submitted Tuesday, including a significant number from Salt Lake County, said Justin Lee, state elections director.

County election officials could take up to two weeks to verify petition forms, officials said.

Voters who added their names to the campaign’s petition will be able to remove their signatures following the formal count, officials said.