Today, business and community leaders from throughout Utah launched an education campaign in support of Proposition 1, a local option sales tax for transportation funding on November’s ballot in sixteen Utah counties. For one penny for every four dollars, it would pay for local roads, bus service, trails and sidewalks.
The sixteen counties where voters currently have the option to vote for Prop 1 in November are: Beaver, Box Elder, Carbon, Davis, Duchesne, Grand, Juab, Millard, Morgan, Salt Lake, San Juan, Sanpete, Sevier, Tooele, Uintah, Utah and Weber.
“Our education campaign will arm voters with information about what Prop 1 will pay for and how it will benefit them on a local, personal level,” said Ron Jibson, CEO of Questar Gas and co-chair of Utahns for Responsible Transportation Investments, the political issues committee backing the campaign. “Prop 1 will funds things that people really care about: repairing streets in their communities, finishing sidewalks, connecting bike paths, and adding bus service for the people who really need it most. Prop 1 is an investment that will pay dividends in good air quality, access to jobs and businesses, and good quality of life.”
Mayors and county officials from throughout the state, business leaders, cyclists and air quality advocates were among those who gathered outside Midvale City Hall to show support for Prop 1 and the education campaign.
In addition to Jibson, speakers included Mayor Richard Brunst, Orem City; Commissioner Kerry Gibson, Weber County; Mayor Ben McAdams, Salt Lake County and Mayor JoAnn Seghini, Midvale.
The Prop 1: One For All campaign will run now through Election Day,November 3. The education effort will use advertising, social media and grassroots outreach, among other communication tools. The campaign website is Prop1Utah.com.