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Americans for Prosperity encourages local shoppers to stand up to possible sales tax increase

- Salt Lake City, Utah- (ABC 4 Utah) – Shoppers at a local grocery store were in for a pleasant and very unexpected surprise when they walked in to do their shopping Thursday.

At the Reams on 4700 South in Taylorsville, Americans for Prosperity was handing out $50 gift cards.

They say that's how much a possible sales tax increase would cost each person in Salt Lake County.

"Just education and awareness is really what we are out here doing. Just letting people know, because like I said we are finding that a lot of people don't know about the sales tax increase," said AFP State Director, Evelyn Everton.

Local municipalities, including Salt Lake County are considering a .25% sales tax increase.

It's the local option included in the transportation funding bill that passed this year, which also increased the state gas tax.

Everton says the $200 it would cost a family of four could be put to better use.

"It also could mean three months of powering your home, it could mean four tanks of gas."

If it passes the increase would generate $48.9 million in Salt Lake County, $20.2 million would go to UTA.

The Utah Transportation Coalition says AFP is trying to prevent Utah voters from deciding the direction of our state.

In a written statement they say: "The proposed local option is a practical way to address our various transportation needs in a careful, methodical manner-enabled by our conservative, tax-wary
legislature who saw the urgency and fiscal responsibility in solving these issues now."

Everton insists municipalities need to find another way.

"If people are tired of tax increases to call your county council member and let them know," said Everton.

The Salt Lake County Council will vote on the increase at its meeting on August 4, 2015.

If approved it would go to the voters in November.

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