Update On The PG City Road Funding
Last weeks city council meeting there was a discussion that took place during the final 15 minutes that gave us an update on the PG City Road funding issue.
To help you all get up to speed…….towards the end of 2014, PG City voted to join with The Utah Transportation Coalition (Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce) and the Utah League of Cities and Towns, to lobby the state legislature asking them to find different taxing ways so cities can fund their roads.
Each city was asked by the League to vote in a city resolution that would show those at the capital we want them to look at ‘comprehensive transportation funding’ options. The Coalition put together a ‘Transportation 2040 Plan’ that talks about those new taxing options.
Unfortunately, COMPREHENSIVE TRANSPORTATION is not road funds. It allows taxing the citizens to fund public transit (bus, train, commuter rail, light rail, bike parks and trails, walking paths)
Roads are funded by the gas tax, which is a user fee, those who purchase gas pay for the roads. The gas tax hasn’t been adjusted singe 1997 and is badly in need of an increase. Under Utah Law, gas tax funds can only be used for roads, not public transit. Over the past 20 years, our COUNTY has put in THREE new sales tax increases (.25%, .30%, .25%) that all fund public transit, not the roads. That is why our roads look so horrible.
What the League came up with was to start a FOURTH sales tax (.25%), controlled by the county, not the city, that will give most of these funds to public transit, and only a small amount to the cities to use for roads or public transit, if they choose.
They want to base the sales tax distribution to 50% point of sale, and 50% population.
There were many of us that spoke out at the city council meetings over this last year and we thank city attorney Tina Peterson who said she told the League that many in our city are NOT for a sales tax increase that funds public transit.
Unfortunately, the cities have been told if they don’t support the bills the League is trying to put through, then our city might not get a thing.
Public transit in Utah is over 80% subsidized through UTA. Anytime someone rides the bus or train, citizens pay over 80% of their ride.
Personally, I would like to push for a gas tax increase that funds ROADS ONLY, and to stop all public transit finding, now and in the future because public transit is Socialism and under our form of government, we are not allowed to tax the citizens to pay for someone to ride the bus.
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