The Utah House has approved a proposal that paves the way
for future traffic corridors by tacking a fee onto motor vehicle registrations.
The bill now heads to Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. for approval.
Sponsored by Sen. Sheldon Killpack, R-Syracuse, the bill
would hike vehicle fees up to $10 to develop a fund to buy land for future
transportation corridors. The revenue would be earmarked for the counties from
which it came.
House lawmakers voted 54-16 in favor of the bill on March 2
after cutting the vehicle fee hike in half from $20. The Senate, which approved
the earlier version, signed off on the House change later that day.
Killpack touted his plan as a money-saving effort in the
“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 – HB8 – 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,
If signed into law, counties would be able to impose the tax
starting July 1, 2006.