Wow!I just gave 2bits two thumbs up.The end of the world
must be near.
Why can't UTA be overhauled without renaming it and spending boodles of
money to change all the signs?Doesn't make any more sense than
naming a highway after trump.
stevo123,UTA is terrible.Tax increases are terrible.The
legislature is terrible.How about that? I bet you can agree with
all of those.And what does food have to do with transit?Why tax food to improve transit?Transit probably needs more money,
but so does education, highway infrastructure, and a bunch of other priorities.
Why increase the tax on food, cars, clothes, etc, to improve transit? Why not increase fairs to ride mass transit instead of taxes on food and
clothing?Don't use transit as an excuse to increase sales
tax.They should at least have to show us the transit projects this
is going to fund before we vote to increase our sales tax.And then
promise to lower the tax to where it was before when the county-specific
projects are done. Yah right...I bet the counties that vote for it
won't get anything out of it.
@ 2 bits, You got a up vote from me for the first time in years. We both agree
UTA is terrible.
RE: " lawmakers are settling on giving some counties the option of raising
sales taxes 0.2 percent"...---We already fell for this, several
times in the county I live in. We voted to increase our sales tax in hopes of
getting transit improvements in our county. But did it happen?Not
really. Nothing changed.Why would we raise our sales tax yet again
in hopes of getting transit improvements in our county?UTA
doesn't care about anything but Salt Lake City. Doesn't matter if
other counties raise their sales tax in hopes of getting transit projects in
their area. Don't fall for it. They've done this before.And the sales tax never goes back down (even if they do a small project in
your county).And they will ask you to vote to increase it again in a
few years (because you are still screaming for better transit service in your
county).===RE: "They're screaming for buses in
Salt Lake County," Harper told reporters"...---Yes. After
voting to increase our sales tax several times... we're STILL screaming for
buses in Salt Lake County. Is there any guarantee if we vote to raise our
sales tax yet again it will happen?Nope.
The over-taxed citizens of Utah need to understand that whether you call it UTA
or TDU, the purpose of this organization has not be transportation for the
masses since the beginnings of T(r)AX. The goals include raising values of real
estate near rail stations and making sure that private automobiles are the best
transit option for most of us, which makes a lot of money for auto dealers and
finance institutions - many of which provide a lot of campaign funding. It is a
political tool, not a transportation system.
Republicans want to put a $50,000,000 lipstick on this pig instead of actually
running the UTA ethically and honestly.Just how much money do
Republicans think they can tax us before they lose their jobs. $50 million
here, $33 million for an unfinished report, $.10 tax increase on
gas, $53 million for a coal port in Oakland...for a private industry. $14 million to a New Orleans law first to "take back" Federal lands
that Utah never owned.$17 million ofr a spur line for the coal
companies.$50 million for a pipeline to St. George so our developer,
realtor and insurance legislators can make more money for themselves.The list goes on and on...But we have a $500 million tax surplus so the boys
on the hill have a lot to spend on message bills and bills to support their
buddies.When does it stop?And, that
UTA "Management" has managed to get UTA 2 Billion dollars in debt. Now,
they keep coming back for more? If it's through taxes, then we need a 3
person taxpayer board on the UTA board. With the authority to hire and fire. The
good ole boys club isn't working. Time for sweeping changes in personnel.
They won't do it themselves, someone else is. I'd be willing to pay an
extra.02% for a powerful taxpayer board.
I can understand that UTA needs to improve the service it provides to the
wasatch front but I can’t understand why they need to be renamed at a cost
of 50 million tax payer dollars? Why not use that money to increase routes, or
operate more front runner trips between ogden and orem. Better yet do what
you've always done and give Joe tax payer a break and continue to provide
inefficient service. Most buses are seldom full unless theyre a non stop
commuter bus. UTA has never been convenient and most who depend on the service
know how inefficient it is. I believe spending money to rename the UTA could
better be utilized for education, improving medicaid coverage, vocational