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Tax group’s main focus to be RDAs

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Zoning for dollars, tuition tax credits and inadequate information on initiative petitions are the primary issues of focus for the Utah Taxpayers Association.

The group, which is primarily funded by business and corporate interests, is active at the Legislature throughout the year.

Their biggest focus this year will be on rules about redevelopment agencies, said Sen. Howard Stephenson, R-Draper, who is also the group's president. Currently, they are watching three bills, two of which they support.

One of the bills they support would "curtail" how much of a retail aspect an RDA can have, while the other one would allow school districts — which lose short-term property tax revenue when an RDA is created — to simply opt out of an RDA.

"A lot of people say that proposal could kill RDAs," Stephenson said. "But if they can't sell the school on an RDA, maybe it should be killed."

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