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Andrew Adams, KSL Newsradio UTA is defending its call for a longer commitment to a TRAX tax. The deal is for 30 years, but UTA is talking about a much longer time frame.
They say TRAX will still be here in 30 years and it'll need some upkeep. "It's not that at the end of 30 years all of a sudden there's no more costs. We'll be needing to replace rail cars probably by that time, there the continued maintenance and operation of those lines," explained UTA spokesman Chad Saley.
Saley says UTA isn't looking to rake in the cash over the years, and realizes at some point there may be more money coming in than the transit authority needs. He says that will stay with the county.
Voters already approved paying $2.5 billion over 30 years. This would make it a reported $5.5 billion over the next half century. County leaders say 30 years was what the taxpayers signed up for and it should be enough.