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The City Café

For those interested in sharing ideas and perspectives regarding local government.

The Utah League of Cities and Towns will host this year’s Local Officials Day at the Sheraton Hotel and the Utah State Capitol on Wednesday January 26th.  City officials and youth city council members from all over the state will have the opportunity to meet with state legislators and listen to special guest speaker David Walker, Comptroller General of the United States from 1998 until 2008.

Also, ULCT will distribute the newest edition of “The League’s Latest,” which includes a survey assessing the fiscal health of Utah’s cities and towns, a report from University of Utah and BYU professors on the demographic make-up and opinions of municipal elected officials in the state, and an economic forecast for the year based on taxable sales data and other factors.

Here is just a taste of some of the data included in “The League’s Latest.”  This graph shows the change in quarterly taxable sales from  Q1 2006 to Q3 2009.  Sales are divided into categories created by ULCT’s economic policy team which encompassed 75% of all taxable sales in 2009.  They include: Tourism, Motor Vehicle Sales, Home Related, General Merchandise/Apparel, and Business investment.

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