@Impartial7: "You certainly complain and blame Californians for a lot of
stuff. Utah still is being run by the Utah mormons just like it always has. Time
for you to admit that Utahn's are making the policies that you don't
like."They may be Utahns, but how many members of the SLC
council or mayor's office in the last 40 years have been active members of
the LDS Church?A big problem low-population States like Utah have is
that we can be easily over-run by newcomers. We have 3 million residents; Cali
has 35 million. If 1 million Californians left tomorrow and came to Utah, Cali
would barely notice. But Utah would cease to be Utah.I've
watched it happen in Washington County. Californians come here to escape the
taxes, crime, and congestion. They love it here...for a while. Then they start
complaining about everything that isn't like Cali. They leave Cali to
escape problems, but keep the same voting patterns apparently unable to realize
that Cali policies lead directly to Cali problems.Yes, Utah Mormons
still play key roles in Utah. But in SLCo and Washington County, that is
changing. And it gives us higher taxes and the kind of development you
don't want near Draper.
@Impartial7"Utah still is being run by the Utah mormons just
like it always has."Jackie BiskupskiRalph BeckerRocky AndersonDeeDee CorradiniWhat do all these people have
in common?All mayors of Salt Lake.All non-Mormon.
Those politicians the voters elected are not doing what the people want, they
are doing what their real constituency wants. Remember this the next election.
As most of the readers here already know, ALL of the various taxing entities in
the state of Utah are on a feeding frenzy - for YOUR tax dollars.With the improvement in the economy, they feel that your raise should be
theirs!So much for Utah Republican "conservatives". They
ONLY claim that to get you to vote for them. When was the last time you saw ANY
government official living within their own budget??Truebluecougar -
the answer to your question is that UTA will raise fares, and or their taxing
amount to pay for their various "expansions". They can barely make
their bond obligations now. Don't even ask about the massive maintenance
expenses coming due for frontrunner that is now 10 yrs. old.All the
replacement parts are massively expensive for frontrunner.Watch for
things to get worse (taxwise) before they get better!
I'm sorry Salt Lake City but I'm not buying the excuses. You
are mad that you had to vote for the tax? If you actually cared about the
will of the people you would have voted against it. This fake excuse that
you are so afraid of not having a seat at the table would be hilarious if it
weren't so pathetic. If the SLC Council had voted against the tax there is
no way it would have passed. Instead we get fake tears. In voting for
the tax, you are just as spineless as you are declaring the County council to
@Imsmarterthanyou;"Looks like the californians have successfully ran
me out of my home. Perhaps we should just re-name Utah to new-california, since
there are relatively few actual Utahns left here."You certainly
complain and blame Californians for a lot of stuff. Utah still is being run by
the Utah mormons just like it always has. Time for you to admit that
Utahn's are making the policies that you don't like.
I would opine that more citizen support might be found in this mess if the UTA
funding was removed from the equation. Most of us see UTA as an albatross
around our necks. A decision by the federal authorities not to prosecute for
various undisclosed acts is not a ringing endorsement of the UTA management. I
am uncomfortable in giving UTA or UTD any more money, especially millions to
“re-brand” it.Yes, we need road maintenance and
replacement but for many of us we wonder why this was deferred so long? I feel
many municipal governments were asleep on watch and did not bring up specific
time sensitive needs and solutions that might have involved reducing or
eliminating other “pet projects” to keep the basic services, roads
and utilities, in good repair.
Why are we trying to emulate California to the nth degree?
Tax dollars should rise as the economy grows and prices inflate. There is no
reason to raise the RATE of taxation except that public entities tend to grow,
get bloated and suck up ever more dollars. Tax rate increases are a sign that
governments are not harnessing new, efficient technologies and that they are
likely using infrastructure funds for ongoing expenses, and thus the need to
hold out their hands for more.
Big Spender Ben McTaxer. Salt Lake County worst run county in Utah.
Ben MxTaxer is not at work doing his county job, he's out day
and night trying to get another Job in DC.Big Spender Ben is being
paid by the county to look for another job. How come Big Spender
Ben isn't doing his county job he's being paid for?
Amazing. The cities of Salt Lake County arguing over who can tax the most.
Dear reporters and Deseret News management,, stop reporting these tax hikes only
in fractional penny increases."the tax hike, would raise taxes
by roughly one penny for every $4 spent"Let Utahns know that UTA
is blowing through nearly $1/3 BILLION every year.Also remind
readers that Salt Lake City gets the lion's and the leopard's share
of the benefits and increased investment . Also remind the public
that while UTA continues to blow through their $1/3 BILLION each year, they are
NOT paying down their massive debt of $2 BILLION, but continued last year to add
to that debt.Oh, and by the way, you might remind your readers that
UTA's market share "jump" after throwing $4 Billion dollars down
the "public" transit rathole, has "leaped" upward from a little
less than 1% to a little more than 1% of all trips made in Utah each year.
Didn't the people vote on this? I guess their vote means nothing?
Thank God I'm in my last month as a Salt Lake County resident. This is just
one of the reasons I'm moving to the country. Looks like the californians
have successfully ran me out of my home. Perhaps we should just re-name Utah to
new-california, since there are relatively few actual Utahns left here.
If the new tax is to be used for acquisition and construction of new transit
projects, how will the operating costs of these new projects be funded? Most
often, the fair box is only a small percentage of the operating costs. What
provisions are made to cover these shortfalls?