Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Utah city to vote on bill supporting right to pay with gold coins

By Betsy Schow - Correspondent

HIGHLAND -- Highland residents might someday be able to pay their utility bills in gold or silver. At least that's what Councilman Tim Irwin would like to see happen.

The Highland City Council will vote on two resolutions Tuesday that would give Highland's support to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert's policies on public land and the use of gold and silver as legal tender. Irwin drafted both.

"The point is to give support to the governor to bring back sovereignty to Utah," Irwin said. "I'm getting active and concerned with the overreach of the federal government, and I'm doing my part in Highland to protect our freedoms for our grandkids."

He worked together with the Utah Precious Metals Association and Utah Lands Association to craft the resolutions for Highland...

Irwin claimed that proceeds of gold and silver coin minting were once used to pay off the national debt, and if coin usage were encouraged, it could serve as part of a possible debt solution. He hopes Highland's formal support would help the state move ahead in implementing the law's intended purpose -- to create a federally insured depository that would allow individuals to use the worth of the metals more freely. He envisions that if things go well, Highland might follow up with its own ordinance that would allow residents to pay their utility bills with gold and silver...


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