Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. recently signed a bill into law to pave the way for future traffic corridors by tacking a fee onto motor vehicle registrations.
The new law, previously SB8, hikes vehicle fees up to $10 to develop a fund to buy land for future transportation corridors. The revenue will be earmarked for the county from which it came.
House lawmakers voted 54-16 in favor of a 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.
Sen. Sheldon Killpack, the bill’s sponsor, touted the 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, R-Syracuse told The Daily Herald before the governor signed the measure.
The new law 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 will be made by a group of the county’s elected leaders, including mayors.
Counties can begin imposing the tax starting July 1, 2006.