Governor wants UTA board to explain high salaries


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SALT LAKE CITY - Gov. Gary Herbert says the board of the Utah Transit Authority ought to be able to explain how the agency came up with compensation figures he himself has described as a "bit excessive."

A KSL 5 News investigation revealed generous six-figure salaries and large increases for top brass, among the tops for transit agencies in the United States.

"I think that board needs be able to defend their numbers and why they come up with the numbers. Again, there's a lot of factors to determining a person's worth in the marketplace," Herbert said Thursday in his monthly KUED news conference.

KSL's Richard Piatt then asked the governor if he was satisfied with answers he was getting from his representative who sits on the UTA board.

"Well, I'm concerned about the answers that I am not getting and the fact that I'm just as much in the dark on the whys and wherefores -- the justification for the salary amounts -- as any other taxpayer," Herbert replied.

UTA denied our request to obtain an internal salary survey used, calling it "proprietary" and a "trade secret" -- a decision KSL is appealing.

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