Complaints raised about proposed tax increase to cover health insurance for Cache County

It will be at least two weeks before members of the Cache County Council adopt a 2017 budget, which calls for a 2.1% increase in property tax. At Tuesday’s meeting of the Cache County Council, chairman Greg Merrill said the tax increase is needed to cover the rising costs of employment insurance and other inflationary costs.

On a home valued at $211,000 there would be a property tax increase of $4.74.

A few people spoke out against the proposed tax increase, including Dennis Jensen.

“So you want three-quarters of a million dollars to pay for the health care of the employees that are there?” asked Jensen. “If you’re self employed, our health care went from $280 to $800.

“So we decided not to get health care. Maybe that’s what we have to do instead of asking the public to foot the bill.”

Merrill said the council members and county executive have been making cuts in every department and they will continue to look for ways to save until a budget is passed.

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