February 5th, 2018
Utah lawmakers have been pushing agencies to rely more and more on user fees instead of taxes. They say it’s only fair. But a bill backed by a Salt Lake City radioactive waste company would reverse that policy, shifting the cost of companies’ user fees to taxpayers.
EnergySolutions pays a special tax each year for the privilege of burying low-level radioactive waste in Utah’s West Desert, about 80 miles from Salt Lake City. Last year the tax meant over $11 million for schools, and the company paid oversight fees, too.
“What we are asking, and what this bill proposes, is to take $1.7 million from the General Fund to fund this portion of the oversight program.
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