The Utah Legislature’s tax reform decisions could have “ripple effects” for resort community revenue sources such as Moab’s.

According to a press release on July 9 from the City of Moab, the Utah Legislature is developing a solution to tax issues that affect the state’s budget.

The Legislature formed a Tax Task Force Subcommittee to study the issues, collect local input from

potentially affected communities, and use that input to develop a tax reform solution to present

back to state lawmakers for a decision.

The Legislature has chosen Moab as one of only eight locations throughout the state for a

Tax Task Force Public Hearing. This will be an open forum to discuss state tax reform and other

state tax policy issues directly with the Tax Task Force Subcommittee.

The Moab open house/public hearing will be held on Saturday, July 20, at 1 p.m. at the Grand

Center, 182 N. 500 West.

Community input is critical and the City of Moab encourages all local residents to attend.

Feedback from Moab residents and businesses will help the Legislature develop solutions to the

tax issues facing the State.

The state Legislature is working towards a comprehensive tax reform solution to address

some significant statewide tax issues. The Legislature formed a Tax Task Force Subcommittee to

study the issue and we are very fortunate that they are asking for our community’s input on tax

policy and tax reform,” Moab City Finance Director Rachel Stenta said. “We value the forward-

thinking effort the state is putting into solving these issues and we look forward to working

toward a solution that will minimize any ripple effects to our resort community’s revenue

sources.”

Statewide tax reform decisions are important to Moab City and the community for a number

of reasons. Because of the high tourist visitation in Moab, the City of Moab is designated as a Resort

Community by the state of Utah, which enables the city to collect a Resort Community Sales

Tax.

The City of Moab relies heavily on sales-based taxes for about 81% of its General

Fund Revenue.

Tax reform could cause ripple effects in Moab’s resort community by restructuring how

the city receives operating funding, or by reducing sales-based tax revenue.

Interested residents and business owners are strongly encouraged to attend the meeting to share their questions and ideas about state tax reform/tax policy.

For more information about how the Legislature’s decision could affect the City of Moab and area

residents, visit moabcity.org/taxes or email finance@moabcity.org.