CVTD asking Logan City to approve tax increase ballot measure

As a workshop item, the Logan Municipal Council Tuesday night will consider a proposed resolution approving ballot language for a Public Transit Sales Tax Issue. The Cache Valley Transit District is asking that voters in the cities served by the transit district approve a .25 percent (one quarter of one percent) sales tax increase to help fund the transit system.

On <a href=”http://610kvnu.com/assets/podcaster/324/2014_07_15_324_24083_2867.mp3″ target=”_blank”>KVNU’s For the People program Monday</a>, CVTD Director of Operations Nathan Coats said the district is not at a crisis point. But he said the federal grants the district receives come out of the Highway Trust Fund, or the gas tax, and right now the bill that funds that is looking tenuous.

“The other thing that’s coming into play,” Coats said, “is that even though right now the operating dollars, which is roughly 30% of our budget, comes from federal grants that is by law staying static.

“It’s tenuous because it’s tied up in this bill. The way we have received our capital on the federal has already been reduced dramatically when they changed earmarks.”

He said that means that capital and other money has been significantly reduced. He said the voters in the 11 cities served by CVTD alone have taxing authority.

Doug Thompson, former Logan mayor and now vice president of the Cache Valley Transit District’s board of directors, said the tax is needed to keep the district going financially in the wake of cuts in federal dollars.

Thompson said people need to be reminded of why the district was founded, and one big reason was mobility, “for the less advantaged, the elderly, the disabled and so on.

“The other two reasons are for air pollution assistance and reducing congestion. So I don’t have a problem advertising if we can get more riders on a bus.”

CVTD representatives will be at Tuesday’s meeting of the Logan City Council to ask that group to support the proposed ballot issue.

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