One of the best parts of being mayor is all of the great conversations I have with the people of St. George. Whether it’s on the radio, via Facebook or email, or when I run into people at the grocery store or at a football game, the number one topic on your mind is roads. You want to know whether we can have better surfaces, add lights, widen bridges and roads, create bike-friendly streets, and expand our bus service.
I’m with you on those roads every day, so I get it. And I’m concerned too.
Our methods for funding roads are outdated. Improved fuel efficiency, emerging hybrid technology, and the increasing popularity of active transportation are all great things, but they mean that funding roads through the gas tax is inadequate. The Utah state legislature has recognized this, and offered counties the opportunity to raise additional funding for local roads through Proposition 1.
Proposition 1 calls for a sales tax increase of one cent per every four dollars spent on non-food items. That money will be used on local transportation and transit projects, including roads and expanded and more frequent bus service. We anticipate that between 30 and 40 percent of the monies generated will come from visitors to our area. It’s good that while they are here, these friends make a modest investment in our roads.
Proposition 1 is an investment in our future and our local economy, and frankly, without it, our roads will get worse, not better. I support having Proposition 1 on the ballot, because it gives you the ability to let us know what you think. How you vote, Washington County, gives us our marching orders for the coming decades.
About Mayor Pike
Jon Pike was raised in Salt Lake City and received a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Utah and an MBA from Westminster College. Jon has worked in several positions with Intermountain Healthcare since 1990 – and since 1995 here in St. George.
One of the highlights of Jon’s career has been working as project manager for the planning and construction of Dixie Regional Medical Center at River Road, which opened in 2003. He currently works as the regional operations director for SelectHealth – the health insurance division of Intermountain Healthcare.
In 2007 Jon was elected to the St. George City Council and in 2013 he was elected as Mayor of St. George. He serves on the boards of Dixie State University, Dixie Applied Technology College, Washington County Water Conservancy District, St. George Area Economic Development, Utah League of Cities and Towns, and several other city and county-related boards.
Jon loves singing, playing the piano, organ, and guitar, as well as water and snow skiing, motorcycling, and walking or biking on St. George’s many trails. Jon and his wife Kristy have five children and one grandchild.