Hillyard says increased road taxes will help cities and counties

It is almost time for a new session of the Utah Legislature and State Senator Lyle Hillyard says, unfortunately, once again there are more demands than there are dollars.

Hillyard is co-chairman of the Executive Appropriations Committee and he says there is a decrease in general fund money.

He did have some good news for the Cache County Council at their Tuesday night meeting.

“As you know we changed the gasoline tax and that goes up roughly five cents,” the Republican state lawmaker said. “It went up on January 1st. The cities and counties with the (class) B and C fund will get 30% of that money raised, which I understand will be just under $25 million. Of course that will be spread across the whole state, but it will give some impact.”

Hillyard said Republicans met in a caucus session Wednesday where a lot of legislative issues were discussed.

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