Utah Senate approves corridor plan

| 2/23/2005

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.