Corridor plan heads to Utah governor

| 3/16/2005

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 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 – 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, including mayors.

If signed into law, counties would be able to impose the tax starting July 1, 2006.