As near as I can tell moving people from place to place ranks 4th as a priority
for UTA.Enriching themselves through absorbent salaries ranks
1st.Enriching themselves through land deals ranks 2nd.Taking free trips at taxpayers expense ranks 3rd.Maybe its'
time for a "shift" in priorities??
It looks like the UTA board was a place for land developers to get a position
and reap the benefits. And no one could figure this out until now?
I think people are reading more into this than is really there. Stadler Rail is
a private company that hired Mr. Killpack's firm to build a plant for
assembling rail cars. Stadler, logically would want to locate near a rail line.
Mr. Killpack, having been on the UTA board would know that the UTA has land
available. Stadler makes an offer to buy the land at market price. UTA now
wants to make sure that the price offered is really at market so they are
ordering another appraisal. They also want to clear the deal with the DOJ. It
sounds pretty above-board to me. Just because Mr. Killpack was once a UTA board
member shouldn't preclude him from ever doing business with UTA. It does
require careful scrutiny but I don't see an issue here. If any DN
commenters were buying a home or a business, made an offer that was accepted,
and then were told the seller is going to do another appraisal to make sure they
got paid enough, you would be livid. It sounds like the taxpayers are coming
out on top on this one. And, once Stadler builds, the surrounding land will be
worth more money, and added benefit to taxpayers. No one is financially
benefiting any more than on a normal deal.
If it walks like a duck....
Unbelievable! They've learned nothing from being under federal
investigation. UTA was/is not about mass transit for Utahn's. It's a
development company masquerading as a transit Co. Many of the shady deals would
have landed the major players in jail in any other state. This is about the Good
ole Boys club enriching themselves and their friends at the expense of the
taxpayers. People need to be indicted.
What is surprising about this and why the caution now? Many have previously
financially benefited from undue influence with UTA. I suspect there are more
then a few legislators who are a bit more nervous then they were previously. The
dominoes are falling and even those in very powerful positions cannot escape
their misuse of power and influence. Shame on them.