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We all own the roads

Editor:

Every time the citizens of Utah fill up their cars with gas they pay both state and federal fuel taxes. Together these add up to about 42 cents per gallon. The state portion accumulates to over $400 million per year, which also includes other fees such as vehicle registration taxes. Seventy-five percent of this goes to UDOT to maintain state roads and 25 percent goes to cities and counties to maintain local roads. The amount each local government receives is based on their population and road mileage. Typically about half of a municipalities roadway budget comes from these fuel taxes. The other half comes from the Local’s general funds like property tax and local sales taxes.

In addition to this a portion of the federal fuel taxes that come back to Utah are set aside exclusively for local roads. There are federal funds for local roads, bridges, bicycle and pedestrian pathways and safety improvements. The total amount of state and federal funds for local roads in Utah adds up to about $200 Million per year.

In Summit County, S.R. 32, is a state-owned and operated road and is not a local road. But Summit County does have about 320 miles of roadway that is owned, maintained and operated by the county for which they use state, federal and local funds.

So, in the end, who pays for these state and local roads? We all do, every time we buy gasoline, pay property tax or sales tax. I hope this has answered and questions. If not, there is a lot of detailed information about state and local funds for transportation that I would be happy to share with you.

Brett Hadley

UDOT Local Government

Programs Engineer

Offended by political signs

Editor:

Now here I am, driving down the highway, and I see this sort of cartoon-ish sign off to the side of the road. I stop to see what the children’s fair is offering for our delight and I read a political banner of the heaviest-handed and offensive nature I have ever seen in Summit County.

My first reaction was to call this person and point out that, as I recall, all candidates have signed a fair election pledge and this is far from that. My next reaction, as a conservative Republican who voted for Barry Goldwater, was one of shame for what our party has become, an elephant hiding behind a poorly drawn cartoon.

But I guess I should just point out a few things this person failed to take into account:

1. We have a unique form of government in our representative republic. Instead of having one person make up our rules, we vote people into office we trust, and they vote according to what they think we want. If we don’t like the way they vote, we kick them out and replace them with someone who will do the will of the majority. Bob Richer and others found that 61 percent of Summit County residents wanted to have a more representative form of government and, as such, they wanted everyone to have a right to vote on that issue.

2. Big government is not more representation; it is more power with less accountability.

3. Bob Richer has always represented the people of Summit County regardless of political party or ideology. I only wish we had more individuals like him in local as well as state government.

4. Cartoons are not a form of debate; they are political satire. If this person has a point, take it to the public forum and see what the majority of the people have to say.

I hope these silly signs come down as part of a fair and balanced approach to the election process.

Roger Strand

Park City

Welcome back to school!

Dear Parents, Students, Teachers and Staff:

The members of the Park City Education Foundation would like to welcome everyone back to school this week. We can feel fortunate that Park City’s students will receive a high level of education again this year, and PCEF is proud to have been a part in supporting the school district over the past 20 years.

And as the students head back to the classroom, PCEF would like to thank our supporters who made our kick-off fundraising events such a success this summer, from Legacy Automotive, who sponsored our Clambake, to Prime Steak House, who sponsored our 18th Annual Golf Tournament. They are only a few of many contributors who have already donated generously. Our two event chairs, LeeAnn Strong-Miller and Joe Markham, also deserve a huge thank you for undertaking and implementing these events.

Our fundraising efforts benefit all students in the school district and, subsequently, their families and the community. This year we are offering an inside look at the foundation and the programs we help to fund with monthly "field trips." Our first is next week, Wednesday, Aug. 30, highlighting the International Baccalaureate Program. More information is on our Web site, http://www.pcef4kids.org. We hope to see members of the community there as we continue in our partnership and head toward becoming a Top 10 school district!

Sincerely,

Cynthia Bainbridge, President

Park City Education Foundation

Livestock entrepreneur

Editor:

I’d like to give a big thanks to Paul Berman of Big Canyon Homes for purchasing my hog at the junior livestock show at the Summit County Fair. You’re greatly appreciated for your generosity.

Thanks,

Laralyn Hirzel

Coalville


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