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Provo says panhandling a top development concern

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Panhandling by homeless people is the top concern among downtown property owners in Provo, even though recent counts show homelessness in Utah County is down.

Carol Walker, economic development policy adviser for Provo's city council, says property owners believe the behavior is standing in the way of revitalizing the downtown area.

Several Provo residents have complained about aggressive panhandling in recent weeks.

Bill Hulterstrom, president of United Way of Utah County, is on a countywide committee that addresses homelessness. He says the number of homeless people in Provo is not increasing. A count done by the state in January showed that the numbers of homeless people were actually down in Utah County while they were up statewide.

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