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USUAL FOE FIGHTS FOR FOOD TAX

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The Utah Taxpayers Association which traditionally fights for lower taxes - will fight against removing the sales tax from food.

The association's board of directors voted against endorsing the food tax initiative that will be on this November's ballot because members fear removing the food tax - which brings about $113 million into state and local government coffers - will result in increases in other taxes.The association has individual and corporate members. Traditionally, the group fights property tax increases, and Howard Stephenson, the group's executive director, says his members are worried that if state revenues are cut, legislators, city councils and county commissions will look to other tax sources.

"This (food) tax cut is misdirected," Stephenson said.