ST. GEORGE – The candidates for Washington County Commission will be in a debate during a luncheon hosted by the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce Wednesday. The chamber will also feature a presentation on the Proposition 1 ballot initiative.
Candidates featured at the debate will be former Washington County Administrator Dean Cox, who is running on the Republican ticket, as well as entrepreneur Greg Aldred and publher of the Independent Josh Warburton. Aldred and Warburton are both running as independents.
The three were previously featured in a debate hosted by the Red Rock Rotary Club, which can be read about here.
St. George Mayor Jon Pike and Public Works Director Cameron Cutler will also be at the luncheon to present information concerning Proposition 1, the proposed local option sales tax that would generate revenue for transportation infrastructure and public transit.
Proposition 1 proposes sales tax be increased by a quarter-cent – 1 cent out of every $4 – and would not apply to such items and food and medications. The proposition is on the ballot for Washington County residents to vote up or down.
Supporters tout the sales tax as a way to help alleviate road funding shortfalls and help pave the way for local road upgrades and maintenance needs to accommodate the area’s growing population.
It will also provide over $1 million in funding for public transit, which could cover the cost of expanding for SunTran bus services.
Those opposed to Proposition 1 do not like the idea of dropping another tax on county residents. They have also said the civic leaders need to work within their means and budget accordingly for road projects.
- What: Washington County Commission candidate debate and Proposition 1 presentation.
- Host: St. George Area Chamber of Commerce.
- When: Noon Wednesday, Oct. 19.
- Where: Hilton Garden Inn, 1731 S. Convention Center Dr., St. George.
- Admission: Free to the public | $15 for lunch per person.
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