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News Briefs for 2 Aug 2013

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2 August, 2013 (All day)

County investigates cell phone telecom tax
 
The Morgan County Council is on the lookout for residents being inappropriately taxed for telecommunications on their cell phone bill.
“We don’t have a county sales tax for telecommunications, nor are we eligible for them,” said Councilman Robert Kilmer.  
Kilmer said he is working with the county treasurer as well as the state tax commission to rectify the situation. 
“The money has been collected and delivered to the city,” Kilmer said.  “Those carriers and providers are inappropriately taxing the county.”
Kilmer said the tax commission and city mayor have confirmed the receipt of $45,000 in telecom tax revenues.  The city can legally collect on the telecomm tax, but the county cannot, he said.  Therefore, city residents can pay the telecom tax, but county residents should not be.
He said while individuals can address the issue with their providers on a case-by-case basis, the county is doing its best to approach the issue from a broader perspective.
Council Chairwoman Tina Kelley said it is an issue that the Utah Association of Counties may be able to address.
 
Food pantry announces new hours
 
Food pantry Director Julie Miller recently announced new hours for the pantry and the monthly food drop.
New hours are: Tuesday, 8:30 - 10 a.m. and 4 - 6 p.m.; Wednesday, 8:30 - 10 a.m.; and Thursday 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
The monthly food drop is the third Wednesday of each month from 11 a.m. - 12 noon.