Council Proposes Tax Hike for Mass Transit

Council Proposes Tax Hike for Mass Transit

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Taxpayers may have to start digging just a little deeper into their pockets.

The Wasatch Front Regional Council signed off on a proposal Thursday to boost mass transit's sales tax by a half-cent. They'll also ask lawmakers for a five-cent increase in fuel tax.

Taxpayers will have to vote for the half-cent sales tax in a referendum. And council members know it's going to be a tough sell.

They say the money would go to six light-rail spurs, seven bus rapid transit routes and an expanded commuter rail.

The fuel tax would pay for Wasatch Front highway projects through 2030.

The resolution passed by majority vote, but three south Salt Lake mayors say their townspeople won't benefit from any of the services they would be paying for.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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