September 2, 2010
Most Local Governments Around Nation Reduce Workforce, But Not In Utah
Local governments around the country responded to tough economic times by reducing their workforce. Utah cities, counties, school districts and local government entities increased over all workers by 5.2 percent. The only states to increase their local government workforcemore than Utah were South Dakota and Kansas.
Utah Receives Second Lowest Federal Spending Per Person
In 2009, the federal government spent the equivalent of $10,548 per person living in the United States. However, total federal spending in Utah, including all federal agency spending and aid to state and local governments, amounted to $7,435 per person. Nevadawas the only state to receive less with $7,148 per person.
Property Tax Collections Increase Despite Decline in Home Values
According to a recent Tax Foundation report, from FY 2007 to FY 2008 home values in the US declined while state and local property tax collections increased by over 4 percent. Utah’s property tax collectionsincreased 5.9 percent, the sixteenth highest increase in the country.
– Tax Foundation Report: Property Tax Revenues Increased As Property Value Fell
Utah’s Friendly Business Climate Brings New Business
California groups are petitioning their state government to improve the business climate. The groups are claiming that other lower-tax states, like Utah, are stealing businesses and jobs from California. Oracle,Ebay, Electronic Arts, Twitter and Adobe are examples of California companies moving to Utah as a result of Utah’s business friendly environment.