Utah, Salt Lake counties weighing whether to breathe new life into failed transportation tax hike

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  • mrjj69 bountiful, UT
    April 5, 2018 9:48 p.m.

    is there no end to the taxing of citizens on fixed income????. Social security gave me a 3% COLA due to lack of inflation??

  • UVmod Spanish Fork, UT
    April 5, 2018 2:34 p.m.

    All of you who are accusing UTA of wasting $50M on an name change clearly haven't been paying attention. The legislature is forcing them to change the name against their will. If you think the $50M is a waste of money (as I do), blame your state senator and representative, not UTA.

  • Makid Kearns, UT
    April 5, 2018 1:27 p.m.

    People need to understand that you get what you pay for. Money from the tax isn't going straight to UTA. It is going to the County Councils and then to UTA. The County Councils can stipulate how that money is to be used. The Councils can and should hold UTA accountable for the funds provided.

    All that needs to happen is the Councils to stipulate in their approval that UTA use the funds strictly for X. X can be bus service, train service or even a mixture. If they want special projects, they can call that out as well. Want BRT along State Street, they can stipulate it. Want a special route added or a route returned, stipulate it.

    As long as the Councils don't just say "Use the funds for improved bus service." This opens it up to being possibly misused. The last passed tax increase stipulated the funds be used to build and operate the Frontlines expansion. Once the bonds are paid off, the funds not used in operation of the lines are returned to the county to then stipulate how they are to be used by UTA. This is how the funds should be used with the Councils auditing UTA for an accounting of the funds provided.

  • DEW Sandy, UT
    April 5, 2018 12:52 p.m.

    I would vote IF they bring back service in Sandy 7th and 13th east. All I hear MAYBE service will come back. Sorry, I vote No on Prop. 1. I am fine with UTA not TDU - "Transit Down Under."

  • Truth2017 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 5, 2018 12:32 p.m.

    let me see, developers given green light to build build and build. Lots of new apartments everywhere. Now existing infrastructure not good enough. We must increase taxes to pay for all of this development. So, developers make money, construction companies make money, politicians that are developers or own part of the process make money. The downside, oh yeah everyone else stuck with higher taxes, greater population density, increased pollution and crime.
    It would be better for the citizens of utah, if politicians put a limit on growth, instead of encouraging it and raising our taxes to pay for it.

  • Allen C Christensen American Fork, UT
    April 5, 2018 11:35 a.m.

    I continue to be disappointed in the lack of original thinking on the part of elected officials. Two or three weeks ago I was asked to respond to a question about what to do with the unexpected windfall of $200,000,000 dollars in state income tax above the extra $300,000,000 that was to go to education. The legislator asked: "What new programs should we start with this unexpected money?" I said: "Either put it in a rainy day fund or reduce taxes." I have not heard from him since. Some things, perhaps many things the state is doing, are redundant and need to be eliminated. Just this morning I have paid my state and federal income taxes. It is depressing to now hear the governmental officials saying we need more money to do this or that. Any senior citizen who saved to provide for the years beyond 80 has discovered he did not get taxed much on interest income, because there is not much interest income. Careful people continue to be careful and subsidize those who are not.

    It is time for government at all levels to be careful, to cut programs. Let the people do for themselves that which they ought to do for themselves. The tax burden is heavy for all who pay taxes honestly.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    April 5, 2018 10:39 a.m.

    This only goes to show how far removed from reality our legislators are.

    NO taxpayer is going to willingly give UTA ANY more money.

    Fact is, the Wasatch front badly needs a functional transit system. UTA isn't it. No matter what they "name" it.

    UTA exists for one purpose, and one purpose only - to enrich the few at the top!

    IF (a big if)the legislature EVER decides to actually fix UTA, they could probably get some support to expand it. They are a looooong way from doing that.

  • Utah Dad Salt Lake City, UT
    April 5, 2018 9:43 a.m.

    This is a great opportunity for SLCounty and UT County residents to support increased mass transit and improved active transportation, like bike and pedestrian lanes. Utah's air quality won't improve if we as voters don't step up and proactively support initiatives like this! UTA has had some challenges, but the transit system that it has built has been recognized nationally and it continues to improve. All residents and voters who want improved air quality and the quality of life that comes with it should support a small bump in local taxes to fund transit and smart development. Our air quality issue isn't going to solve itself!

  • 101Baseball Salt Lake City, UT
    April 5, 2018 9:37 a.m.

    What about the tax increase on the gas tax that was passed last year...where is that extra money going? Enough already on tax increases, and I agree with the sentiment in most of these posts, this matter has already been decided by the voters. 50 million for a name change??? I’m sure that money could fund quite a few road projects.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    April 5, 2018 7:31 a.m.

    Greg Hughes still loves his title and got to Ride on Air Force One with President Trump and his minions of Utah’s elected officials.

    President Trump cleaning the swamp costs the tax payers for his constant firings.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    April 5, 2018 7:26 a.m.

    Not living in those two counties, the Salt Lake County Legislator wants to spend $50M of people’s hard earned money for a name change. That is frivolous.

    Also, to lose $16.5M in Federal monies for needed improvements that have been planned is also a frivolous use or loss.

    The Legislator needs to have a competitor at the Convention and elections.

  • imsmarterthanyou Salt Lake City, UT
    April 5, 2018 6:09 a.m.

    Let's not. We don't want a sales tax hike. If the city & county need more money, try getting rid of half the people who show up and get paid all day for doing nothing. Then make the rest actually earn their paycheck. That suggestion should spark fear & rage in the hearts of government workers all around. But it is the correct solution.

  • No One Of Consequence West Jordan, UT
    April 4, 2018 11:45 p.m.

    Once again: The citizens of Utah, including Salt Lake and Utah Counties, are not undertaxed.

  • RRB SLC, UT
    April 4, 2018 10:18 p.m.

    Will the media disclose the names of the people behind it?

    Utah county commissioners gave millions in road funds for BRT in Provo. If we needed the money elsewhere, why was it wasted?

  • Rocket Science Brigham City, UT
    April 4, 2018 10:03 p.m.

    Really? I'm glad I'm not in either of those counties but I feel sorry that tax payers are being asked for any amount that gives any more revenue to UTA. If they can waste 50 million dollars on a worthless name change they don't deserve any more taxpayer support.

  • mightymite , 00
    April 4, 2018 9:58 p.m.

    Ask Greg Hughes and his buddies to pitch in. Millions were made to private parties from undue influence and corruption.... And now they expect the tax payers to pick up the bill. No way... I am amazed none of these jokers who caused this mess are not serving time- utah politics as usual.

  • Rick for Truth Provo, UT
    April 4, 2018 9:33 p.m.

    Taxes, taxes, and more taxes. Wasted 50 million to change name, no to tax increases, never for an organization as wasteful as the UTA. If any official votes for this, it will be the end of your political ambitions. You might as well move to Taxifornia where they build billion dollar trains from no where to no where.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    April 4, 2018 8:21 p.m.

    No. Any official that votes for this will be ousted. And after the $50,000,000 waste to change the name, citizens aren't going to vote for this. They can put in on the ballot, but they better not try a backdoor scheme to circumvent the will of the people.