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GARKANE POWER TO PAY $197,000 IN TAXES TO COUNTIES IN SOUTHERN UTAH, N. ARIZONA

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Southern Utah and northern Arizona counties will get $197,000 in property taxes this year from the Garkane Power Association, a substantial increase over that paid last year.

Garkane General Manager Glen Willardson said the increase amounts to about 30 percent. Taxes paid by the consumer-owned cooperative have increased by 65 percent since 1987.Garfield County will get the highest portion of Garkane's tax pie, $58,197, an increase of 18 percent. This will be followed by Kane County getting $43,285, 39 percent more than last year.

Other Utah counties, the amounts they will receive, and the percentages of increases, are: Wayne County, $34,759, 26 percent; Sevier County, $13,022, 29 percent; Piute County, $8,080, 47 percent; and Washington County, $1,396, 49 percent.

Coconino County in Arizona will get $17,520 and Mohave County will receive $21,200. The increases are 11 percent and 80 percent, respectively.

"In addition to providing jobs and services in the communities they serve, cooperative businesses like Garkane are also important to the community tax base," Willardson said.

Expansion and improvements to the physical assets of Garkane and additional mill levies in some counties accounted for the tax increases, said Mike Peterson, member services manager. The utility spent $2,261,000 in improvements to the system from December 1988 to December 1989.

Property was acquired near Spry, Garfield County, and a substation built at that location. There were also transmission line additions.

New distribution lines were built in Wayne County and the voltage capacity was increased on a line from Kanab to Orderville in Kane County, Peterson said.

Several counties raised tax levies. Sevier County's levy increased from 11.75 to 11.89; Kane from 11.09 to 11.98; and Piute from 10.19 to 12.44.