A series of statewide town hall meetings hosted by members of the Utah State Legislature will begin next week with a stop in Northern Utah.
The purpose of the town halls is to provide information on why the legislature believes statewide tax reforms are necessary and to gather feedback from residents.
Sen. Lyle Hillyard said the meetings will include both presentations and time for public comment.
“We are going to spend more time just talking about the need, what the problem is with the revenue in Utah and why our hands are — well not bound yet — they will be very quickly as the sales tax base does not grow as rapidly as the population,” Hillyard said.
Hillyard said at this point, it is important for people to know that everything is still on the table.
“We do not intend to get into any specific tax issues. We will welcome any questions,” Hillyard said.
The town hall meetings will start in Brigham City and continue throughout the state until July 30. Once they are completed, Hillyard said the tax commission will meet at the state capitol to discuss options based on the feedback. This may or may not lead to a special session.
Next week’s meeting will be on Tuesday. An open house will begin at 6 p.m. and the town hall will begin at 7 p.m. The event will be at the Utah State University Brigham City Campus in the multipurpose room, 989 S. Main St., Brigham City.
This will be the town hall held closest to Cache Valley.