Senator puts forward bill that would add sales tax to water use

2013-02-05T00:27:00Z 2013-02-05T07:39:53Z Senator puts forward bill that would add sales tax to water useBilly Hesterman - Daily Herald Daily Herald
February 05, 2013 12:27 am  • 

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee held off on voting on a bill -- essentially killing it -- that would impose the state's sales and use tax on water.

Sen. Scott Jenkins, R-Plain City, presented the bill before the committee, arguing that the state needs to be forward thinking about its water needs. Under his plan the new tax -- projected to raise $24 million in new revenue for the state -- would fund the water loan fund which pays for water-related construction projects within the state.

"We are in a desert," he said. "So the goal is to have funds available that fund projects that help us be more efficient in the way we deal with water."

The bill was seen by some as an attempt by Jenkins to move forward plans to build a pipeline from Lake Powell to St. George to help with water needs in Washington County. Jenkins stated that wasn't the intention of his bill but he did concede that the pipeline could be built with that money.

"I am trying to find a stable source of revenue for that fund," Jenkins said. "That fund needs to be bolstered in the worst way."

With the committee not taking a vote on the bill and adjourning, the proposal is essentially dead.

-- Billy Hesterman covers the Utah State Legislature and local politics for the Daily Herald. You can follow him on Twitter at: @billyhesterman
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