SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – A state lawmaker proposes making changes to the recently-created Utah Inland Port Authority.
House Bill 433 sponsored by Rep. Francis Gibson (R-Mapleton) would modify provisions related to the agency.
Among the changes, it would allow the Port Authority to own and operate a trade hub and authorize the ability to adopt a project plan outside of the authority jurisdiction but only under certain conditions.
The bill would also prohibit cities from challenging the creation, funding, powers, or duties and would prohibit the use of public funds for such a challenge. The agency would capture 100 percent of property taxes for 40 years, instead of the previous 25 years currently implemented should the board determine that the tax differential would “produce a significant benefit.”
Many supporters include rural county officials who say they could alleviate issues that come from a single site and instead reduce traffic and air quality concerns.
Opponents including Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski say that proposed changes are a “power grab” from the state targeting the city, stating that “rather than seriously address the significant issues of transparency, environmental impact, and respect for local control, the bill released today reinforces the worst parts of the original legislation.”