Tooele County, Logan and Springville voters all approved quarter-cent sales tax increase proposals that will either establish or expand public transportation for residents.
Voters in Tooele County decided to support a proposal to annex Tooele City, Grantsville and four communities in the unincorporated areas of the county into the Utah Transit Authority bus service district.The tax increase will pay for the cost of the annexation.
As a result of the Tooele County vote, an estimated 1,100 residents will be able to ride four to six buses per day to jobs in Salt Lake City. About the same number of Salt Lake County riders are expected to use the expanded bus service to commute to jobs at the Tooele Army Depot. Currently, the only public transit available between Tooele and Salt Lake is a single round trip daily of a 19-passenger commuter van.
Springville voters also approved a one-quarter-cent sales tax increase to pay for annexation into UTA's system.
In Logan, residents approved a one-quarter-cent sales tax increase to fund bus service within city limits. An estimated $600,000 will be raised from the tax, which would be enough to pay for the four buses and van needed to run the system.