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Thursday, December 29, 2005

Building Roads

Senator Sheldon Killpack
District 21

Patty Henetz wrote a story in today's Salt Lake Tribune this morning on my proposal to partner with private contractors to construct toll highways in Utah.

Patty is a proficient reporter and this is a fine article. One point I want to make sure everyone understands is that this legislation provides no provision for bonding or a tax increase. It is anticipated that a private partner would bear the costs of the project and be allowed a period of time to recognize a return on their investment.

The state would not raise the gasoline tax - or any other tax. All costs would be paid by private partners who maintain the roadways under the direction of the state. Of course the state would retain ownership of the right-of-way and the land on which the road is built and preserve an option for buy-out of the facility.

I would welcome any thoughtful feedback.

2 Comments:

Blogger Katman-Do said...

We should index the gas tax to something. Even if the gas tax is only adjusted every two years (to make it easier on gas pumps.)

Sure, the day is probably coming when we need to factor in mileage into the equation (more fuel efficient vehicles) but with dwindling federal dollars we need to maintain public sources of money for at least maintenance of roads.

I can see an occasional tollway here and there and for high-traffic areas, but I don't want anything like the spattering of tollways that cover the eastcoast. What a mess and what a discouragement to tourists.

12/29/2005 2:48 PM  
Blogger Drew said...

Yes,Yes, Yes, How can I help build these roads?

Drew Chamberlain 282-4877

12/31/2005 12:18 PM  

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