1. What did you do to help with the Utah 2019 Tax Referendum? Original sponsor, 1 of 5, raise money for and have printed 6250 packets, media, coordination, packet witnessing, obtaining app, etc
2. What is your position of taxes on food and gasoline? We should not raise either. Keep the transportation related sales and other taxes going to transportation.
3. What if any taxes would you implement on services and why? No new taxes. Including services.
4. Many Utahns felt that after the town halls and committee meetings that the legislative tax task force held throughout 2019 that their concerns were not heard and that special interests wielded too much influence. On the other hand, many legislators felt that the people didn’t understand the issue or the solutions that they put forth. If elected, how would you respond to the concerns and issues that your constituents bring to you and how would you educate them on the issues you are dealing with? Listening. The town halls the task Force had were full of people saying don’t do it. The legislature did it anyway instead of figuring out an other solution, many of which were mentioned but ignored.
5. Are you willing to vote against bills that legislative leadership wants you to support even when threatened with losing coveted committee positions, having your legislation held hostage, etc? Explain Yes. My record on this is clear. Tax reform, but previously moving the prison etc.
6. Are you in favor of the Utah School Income Tax Constitutional Amendment that will be voted on in November? Why or not. No, however I am in favor of it being voted on. The proposal is currently too vague. It will be used to remove $680 million from schools. It is a better idea than the “tax reform” was. At least get voter input
7. Name one reason you are the best candidate for the position you signed for. Salt Lake County Council 2. Experience. Trust. Can work with both sides to find common ground. Taxes, land issues, constitutional rights, transportation.
Fred Cox for Salt Lake County Council District 2
I was recently asked: “What do you think are some of the biggest issues facing Salt Lake County currently?”
My response was: Growth, Taxes, Transportation, Water, Air, and Crime.
For 10 years I have said this:
I believe we must stand up and be heard or watch our constitutionally protected rights disappear. We can’t continue to let government take over our lives.
That was the reason I ran for office when my State Representative, Ron Bigelow, stepped down to help the Governor at the end of 2010, and it is still so today.
It was one of the reasons I was awarded the Libertas 2016 Defenders of Liberty Award.
The end of 2019 and the beginning on 2020, I was the original sponsor (of 5) for the Utah 2019 Tax Referendum. Working with voters throughout the state, both liberal, conservative, and everything in between, and as volunteers, we were able to gather over 170,000 signatures in 29 counties, exceeding the 116,000 required signatures in 15 counties. Because of the success of our team, the Legislature and the Governor repealed 2019 SB 2001, instead of facing the backlash of the voters this fall.
For 2015 and 2016, I was given a 100% rating from the Utah Taxpayers Association for voting against tax increases and looking out for the taxpayers. I also received a Salt Lake Chamber 2012, 2015 and 2016 Business Champion award for working to help Utah businesses grow. I worked hard to make sure the legislature didn’t ignore the idea of replacing the prison in Draper, which I believed would have saved over $100 Million, which has since been shown to be true.
I had the opportunity to serve in the Utah House of Representatives in 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2016. During that time I had a reputation of being willing to speak up and to fight for and vote for what I believed was right, no matter the opposition.
I also had the reputation of reading though all of the bills I would vote on, and after the 2016 session a comedy song joked that I might have known other legislators’ bills better than they did. During my service, I had one of the best floor attendance records of anyone in the House, except for one rare House Judiciary Standing Committee meeting called during floor time where I missed 12 votes in 2015. They were the only ones I missed that year. I wanted to be in the chamber during debates and voting so I could hear both sides of an issue and see if a bill was ready or needed to be amended or voted down. “Motion to Amend” was something I said more than once. I always voted for or against the bill no matter who the sponsor was or what party they belonged to.
I have been asked by many to run. I would appreciate your support, whether by endorsement for 2020 or campaign contribution. I need your vote.
Fred C. Cox for Salt Lake County Council 2
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My home phone number is 801-966-2636