Conservative and liberal join forces to introduce UTA reforms – Utah News

Conservative and liberal join forces to introduce UTA reforms – Utah News

NORTH OGDEN — Though one of them was just denied a seat at the table, a conservative mayor and a liberal senator have teamed up to introduce a series of reforms at the Utah Transit Authority.

North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor and Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City, recently crafted a 10-point UTA “Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights.” Taylor spearheaded the project, but recruited Dabakis’ help after the senator was nominated to serve on the UTA board.

“I’d been working on it and reached out to several other board members to see if they’d kind of co-sponsor it,” Taylor said. “I had some positive feedback, but Sen. Dabakis was the only person willing to put his name on it.”

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In May, Dabakis was nominated for the UTA board by Salt Lake City mayor Jackie Biskupski. The Salt Lake City Council voted against his nomination on Tuesday, but the work he put in with Taylor will survive.

Taylor presented the reform document to the UTA board on Wednesday, with a motion being made to include it in ongoing strategic planning discussions and further explore each of the 10 proposals in individual sub-committees.

“I’m pretty encouraged by the response (the plan) got,” Taylor said. “I didn’t think it would go this…

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