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UTA: More layoffs and service cuts on the way

UTA: More layoffs and service cuts on the way

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Transit Authority is facing big budget cuts, and that could mean fare hikes and schedule changes for bus and train riders.

The Deseret News reports that during a meeting of the UTA Board of Trustees Wednesday night, members also discussed laying off up to 30 employees to help deal with mounting costs and shrinking budgets.

The decline in revenue is being blamed on lessening sales tax revenues in the state.

UTA has already made more than $11 million in budget cuts. The agency anticipates it may have to make additional cuts in the coming months as well.

The possible cuts come as UTA officials lash out at reports that the three top executives of the organization are overpaid.

UTA board chairman Larry Ellertson tells the Salt Lake Tribune the new CEO position being created for general manager John Inglish -- for which he will be paid close to $300,000 a year -- is in fact his severance after 32 years with the agency.

The CEO position and salary were authorized by the Utah Legislature in the January session.

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