Davis, Weber roads to reap from Prop 1 while state's 2 biggest counties lag behind

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  • dalefarr South Jordan, Utah
    Dec. 7, 2015 11:11 a.m.

    I think it's now obvious that the power brokers wanted the tax increase to pass primarily to give UTA the funds to run trains up to the ski resorts. I voted no and have no regrets.

  • Ace Farmington, UT
    Dec. 7, 2015 7:34 a.m.

    As a resident of Davis county, I'm disappointed our residents got conned into passing Prop 1. I'd gladly pass it if 100% of the money would actually go to road projects. Unfortunately, 40% of the money will be flushed into the UTA toilet so we can fund more trips to Switzerland and watch more empty buses drive around. What a waste.

  • UtahEngineer Sandy, UT
    Dec. 7, 2015 7:27 a.m.

    This article was deplorable. This is just another, "I told you so",story from the power groups that controlled the ,media and the debate...[There wasn't any!]... who have swallowed UTA lines and lies, hook, line, and sinker, and were sure the public would go along like so many robots and refill UTA's yawning money pit.

    It repeated the same deceptive spin that the Main Street groups spouted, with their $670,000 campaign:

    "The tax hike.increases taxes by one penny for every $4 spent." Repeated endlessly!

    There are many references to fixing roads, despite the fact UTA was to get 40%.

    Why was UTA to get 40%? They don't carry anyway near 40% of the transportation load in Salt Lake or Utah Counties. Their share is less than 2%!

    Guess which entity does carry 40%. UDOT freeways carry OVER 40% of the vehicle miles of travel in Salt Lake county according to WFRC reports. Add another 10% carried on UDOT's major arterials.

    itsjustme's comment was right! If all tax hikes had gone to highways, this would have passed, too.

  • itsjustme Vernal, UT
    Dec. 6, 2015 6:29 p.m.

    As of January 1st, 2016 the states Gas Tax is increasing by 5 cents a gallon, and then an additional penny per gallon for the next five years. The tax rate is then being indexed to inflation, but will never drop below .295 cents per gallon.

    If the State, counties and cities were to use the Gas Tax only for roads, (it is a user fee, by the way) there would be no reason for them to be crying poverty. But when the Gas Tax is placed into the state General Tax Fund, it is used for other purposes and transportation suffers.

    Use the Gas Tax only for the intended purpose and we all win.