Although significant problems exist, the proposal to charge an entrance fee to Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons is difficult to understand. The fundamental problems are sanitary facilities on canyon trails and public parking. How would a fee translate into better parking? Or would it simply discourage visitors, something to which the resorts and businesses would object?
Residents of the canyons do not use public parking or sanitary facilities and already pay high property taxes. Charging them or their family members a fee to drive to their home is simply unacceptable, unless Salt Lake City would also like to propose a fee for driving north on State Street between 4 and 6 p.m. The legislators should come up with a more thoughtful and equitable plan that starts with better public transportation.
Salt Lake City