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Salt Lake County Council votes 7-2 to put proposed transportation tax on November ballot

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Posted at 5:23 PM, Aug 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-04 19:48:55-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Salt Lake County Council voted 7-2 to place a proposed transportation tax on the November ballot during a county council meeting Tuesday.

The council allowed public comment on the proposed sales tax hike at two public meetings on Tuesday.

The current sales tax in Salt Lake County is 6.85 percent.

If the residents vote to approve the tax in November, sales tax would increase by a penny for every $4.  Forty percent of the money generated would go to the Utah Transit Authority.

According to the Americans for Prosperity, the proposed tax hike would cost the average Salt Lake County resident $50 more per year.

Residents at the meeting asked, why should UTA be given millions of dollars when they have a history of mismanaging money, according to a recent audit.

Watch the video above for more details.