Salt Lake County one step closer to bringing failed Prop 1 transportation tax back from the dead

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  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    June 13, 2018 9:00 p.m.

    @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.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    June 13, 2018 7:31 p.m.

    @Impartial7

    "Utah still is being run by the Utah mormons just like it always has."

    Jackie Biskupski
    Ralph Becker
    Rocky Anderson
    DeeDee Corradini

    What do all these people have in common?
    All mayors of Salt Lake.
    All non-Mormon.

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    June 13, 2018 2:52 p.m.

    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.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    June 13, 2018 1:27 p.m.

    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!

  • Hunt Salt Lake City, UT
    June 13, 2018 11:50 a.m.

    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 be.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    June 13, 2018 11:22 a.m.

    @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.

  • Strider303 American Fork, UT
    June 13, 2018 10:30 a.m.

    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.

  • toosmartforyou Kaysville, UT
    June 13, 2018 8:28 a.m.

    Why are we trying to emulate California to the nth degree?

  • carman Wasatch Front, UT
    June 13, 2018 8:05 a.m.

    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.

  • Red Smith American Fork, UT
    June 13, 2018 7:54 a.m.

    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?

  • Pythos Lindon, UT
    June 13, 2018 7:11 a.m.

    Amazing. The cities of Salt Lake County arguing over who can tax the most.

  • UtahEngineer Sandy, UT
    June 13, 2018 7:06 a.m.

    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.

  • stevo123 Driggs, ID
    June 13, 2018 6:30 a.m.

    Didn't the people vote on this? I guess their vote means nothing?

  • imsmarterthanyou Salt Lake City, UT
    June 13, 2018 6:18 a.m.

    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.

  • truebluecougar Orem, UT
    June 13, 2018 2:22 a.m.

    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?