A proposal that paves the way for
future traffic corridors by tacking a fee onto motor vehicle registrations has
passed the Utah Senate.
The bill would hike vehicle fees
by up to $20 to develop a fund to buy land for future transportation corridors.
The revenue would be earmarked for the county from which it came.
Sen. Sheldon Killpack, R-Syracuse,
touted his plan as a money-saving effort in the long run.
“The question is, do we want to
plan and buy now or pay through the nose later, because we’re going to have to
pay for it one way or another,” Killpack told The Daily Herald.
The bill is intended to give local
governments a tool to avoid development in the way of future roads. County
governments could opt for the registration increase to fit their needs. The
decisions on where to allocate the funds would be made by a group of the
county’s elected leaders, including mayors.
Killpack’s bill – SB8 – has been forwarded to the House
for debate. If approved by the House and Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., counties would
be able to impose the tax starting July 1, 2006.