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Let's abolish property tax

The recent investigation of IRS atrocities makes me wonder if the Utah State Tax Commission along with the County Assessor's Office should not be scrutinized in similar fashion. Last year a law was proposed to abolish property tax, and to compensate for the loss, a three-quarter percent increase in sales tax was to be levied.

Unfortunately it did not pass. I find it appalling that with the yearly increase of property tax, the public does not protest. Property tax is a communist institution; if you don't pay, you are homeless. In a state that boasts family values, property tax should be outlawed because it contradicts the very nature of family values. Nevertheless, greed rules Utah's government; with a surplus of $37 million, the governor wants more. I smell a diseased trout.It is time to take action. Since this is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, everybody should insist that the legislature abolish property tax to safeguard family values. However, if you'd rather sit back and do nothing, remember there is no TV under a viaduct.

Richard F. Goers

Salt Lake City