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In the spirit of economic prudence and doing what's best with your hard earned tax dollars, Representative John Dougall, Senator Stephen Urquhart, and Senator Daniel Liljenquist have created this website so that you, the hardworking people of Utah, can speak out against unnecessary use of tax money. Help us stop wasteful government spending! Tell us where you've found it so we can stop it in its tracks; and while you're here vote on other posts as well. You citizens are the ultimate government watchdogs.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

David says:

Great website Rep. Dougall and Sen. Urquhart.

I think that a significant amount of money is wasted every year to support the State's R.S. 2477 litigation. I think the budget for R.S. 2477 litigation is around $2 million every year.
R.S. 2477 litigation involves attempts by the State of Utah and rural counties to assert ownership over faint two-track roads traversing public lands. They worry that eventually the federal government could prevent them from using these roads. The only way to definitively get title to these claimed routes is through the courts.
While it is understandable that rural counties may be interested in these routes, this is a wasteful expenditure that should be cut in these difficult times. Utah has been spending this R.S. 2477 money every year for more than a decade and yet we still do not have one single R.S. 2477 claim validated. Furthermore, the routes the State and the counties are contesting are usually Class D roads (unmaintained dirt roads). They generally do not access anything other than a dead end or a vista; these are not the dirt roads that connect rural towns or that access coal mines or gas wells. The fight revolves around these roads because the federal government never threatens the State's use of the maintained, obvious roads that really matter.
In the end, we flush millions down the drain every year to try and take title of faint tracks in the desert and mountains that are not necessary for our transportation infrastructure in the first place. This money would be put to better use funding education, repairing our vital highways, or helping with human services.
Let's cut the R.S. 2477 budget.

1 comment:

  1. rs 2477 is not handled through the Department of Natural Resources. It is handled through the Public Lands Policy Coordination Office (Part of the Gov's office of Planning and Budget). It is largely funded as a result of several legislator's from southern Utah who continue to find creative ways to fund the fight against the feds, and continue to divert money from other state of Utah funds to fund their efforts in Garfield and Kane counties. the waste is that these money's could be used for other purposes. It would be interesting to see how much the state of Utah has been 'encouraged' to put out for the r.s. 2477 fight so far. It would be equally interesting to see how many miles of road all this money has secured for the citizens of Utah.