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Cheers, jabs for ballot initiative to boost school budgets


SALT LAKE CITY — Mixed reaction Tuesday night Salt Lake’s Avenues neighborhood to the “Our Schools Now” Initiative.

It would put both income and sales tax increases on the November 2018 ballot, to raise around $700 million to benefit education. Taxes would go up by 416 dollars a year for the median household in Utah.

Teachers, business leaders, and Salt Lake County lawmakers spoke in favor. Taxpayer groups and others spoke against it.

Six other meetings are scheduled throughout the state this summer.  The group needs to get more than 113,000 signatures in most of Utah’s state Senate districts by April.

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