Potter clarrifies position on tax increase for roads

Cache County Council members have been hoping there would be money from the Utah state legislature this year to help fund road projects that they believe are badly needed. At Tuesday’s meeting, councilmember Val Potter said from conversations he has had he does not believe that will happen, at least not enough to resolve the county’s issues.

Potter clarified his earlier suggestion that the council might consider a one-quarter-cent sales tax for transportation.

“There is a point of clarification,” he said. “This quarter-cent sales tax is not something that this council moves ahead with. We can approve the implementation of a vote on this, but it would go to the public for a vote.

“So it’s not something that we would simply pass. It would go to the entire county and it would be a county-wide transportation tax. And it would be based on sales tax, as I mentioned, not on property tax.”

Potter said this would follow the Council of Government formula where mayors of various counties would decide how that transportation money is spent. He said with the gas tax money dwindling something needs to be done.

In the meantime, the council members are hoping the legislators will be doing something to help during their current session.

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