Bill overhauling UTA now includes local option sales tax increase for transit

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  • one old man Ogden, UT
    March 8, 2018 3:02 p.m.

    Wow!

    I just gave 2bits two thumbs up.

    The end of the world must be near.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    March 8, 2018 3:01 p.m.

    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.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 8, 2018 2:52 p.m.

    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.

  • stevo123 Driggs, ID
    March 8, 2018 1:54 p.m.

    @ 2 bits, You got a up vote from me for the first time in years. We both agree UTA is terrible.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 8, 2018 11:57 a.m.

    RE: " lawmakers are settling on giving some counties the option of raising sales taxes 0.2 percent"...
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    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).

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    RE: "They're screaming for buses in Salt Lake County," Harper told reporters"...
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    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.

  • No One Of Consequence West Jordan, UT
    March 8, 2018 9:52 a.m.

    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.

  • ConservativeCommonTater West Valley City, UT
    March 8, 2018 8:05 a.m.

    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

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    March 8, 2018 7:29 a.m.

    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.

  • TS1495 Farr West, UT
    March 8, 2018 7:30 a.m.

    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 training etc.