Rep. Draxler hoping to fine tune transportation funding in Utah

Drivers on the Wasatch Front pay up to $640 extra each year in vehicle maintenance and repair as a result of the area's crumbling infrastructure, according to a new report. Photo courtesy Utah Department of Transportation.

A bill that would provide more money for roads and maintenance of roads has passed the Utah House of Rdepresentatives and the sponsor of House Bill 183 says he feels good about the chances of it passing the Senate and becoming law.

Republican State Representative Jack Draxler of North Logan says the bill addresses one passed last year. That bill addressed the optional sales tax where counties may go to the voters to ask approval of a quarter of a cent sales tax for transportation.

<span>”The only problem was that bill designated that 40% of any new revenue raised in that process would go to the local transit district,” Draxler says. “In Cache County, and Iron County and some of our other third class counties and smaller that have transit districts, it was felt that 40% to the transit district was a little hefty. Twenty percent to the county, with the miles of roads they have, was not necessarily the right mix.”</span>

Draxler says his bill provides that smaller counties can get together with counties, cities and other entities and arrive at a different balance beetween 10 percent and 40 percent. He says the Cache Valley Transit District is supportive of the bill.

Free News Delivery by Email

Would you like to have the day's news stories delivered right to your inbox every evening? Enter your email below to start!