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Meet Chuck

My wife, Jean, and I have lived in Washington County for over 20 years. I have served in the Switchpoint Community Resource Center, Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Washington County Democratic Party. I am running because we live in the fastest growing county in the fastest growing state in the nation. I believe we must manage this growth to keep the quality of life we enjoy in this wonderful paradise.

I am qualified because I have a background in systems engineering and helping people to solve complex engineering problems. I managed the new development of manufacturing and safety systems at Thiokol Strategic Division in Promontory, Utah. I then went to Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas where my team helped to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. I taught Systems Design and Information Engineering in the NASA Annex for the team working together on the International Space Station. I managed over 80 people in my division with a $5M budget. I also ran my own consulting business in St George for many years.

I think the County Commission could use someone with technical expertise as we are facing the growth pains of our county. I signed the initiative to increase the number of commissioners from 3 to 5. Our county deserves the best leaders during this time of great transition. Since I am retired, I can devote my full time to the County Commission. We must not get lost in the weeds of annexations, temporary use permits and requests for proposals. We must address the big issues like water, energy, transportation and agriculture. We need to stop kicking the can down the road and use current technology to solve these issues now. Farmers are already being forced to leave their fields fallow for lack of water.

My favorite quote is from Senator Paul Wellstone, "Politics is not about money. It's not even about winning. Politics is about improving people's lives". The people in Washington County deserve to feel safe, to have a sense of belonging and to live in a caring atmosphere where they can raise their families. That is the quality of life I want to protect.

My name is Chuck Goode and I ask for your vote so we can manage this tremendous growth together.

General Election Day

November 8, 2022 at 7:00 AM

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Saturday, May 28, 2022 10:55 AM

Need for Transit in Washington County - News article

Transit History & Need for County-wide Transit

 

Proposed sales tax increase back on the table as council discusses countywide transit system

Written by Mori Kessler
October 18, 2018
SunTran buses introduced at the 2018 Dixie Regional Transportation Expo, Feb. 13, 2018 | File photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Through a combination of the Springdale-St. George transit route and additional funding that could become available in the near future, Washington County may have the building blocks for a countywide transit system.

“This provides transit opportunities we’ve never had before,” Fred Davies, St. George’s SunTran transit manager, told the Dixie Metropolitan Planning Organization transportation executive council Wednesday.

The executive council is made up of local elected officials, local road planners and representatives from UDOT and the Federal Highway Administration and is the policymaking body of the Dixie MPO, which oversees transportation planning in the urbanized and urbanizing areas in Washington County.

During the executive council’s meeting, Davies outlined a way the beginnings of a county-level transit system could be built on the backbone of the Springdale-St. George transit route being studied and implemented by the Utah Department of Transportation.

 

Read more: UDOT commits $15M to explore, implement Springdale-St. George transit route

UDOT’s $15 million transit project is being funded by state money dedicated to the development and enhancement of transportation and other needs in recreational “hot spots” in the state like Zion National Park and the surrounding area.

State Route 9 through Springdale, Utah, May 16, 2018 | File photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

The funding given to the transit project is a part of an overall $100 million the Legislature approved for use last year.

Additional funding for launching new routes off the Springdale-St. George route and elsewhere can come through 2018’s Senate Bill 136, Davies said.

SB 136 allows counties to impose a 0.25 sales tax for the purpose of transportation funding within the county. Funds raised by the tax would then be distributed among the county’s municipalities and transit districts with the remainder kept by the county. The tax would need to be enacted by June 20, 2019.

Washington County Commissioner Zachary Renstrom, who was present at the meeting, said the majority of the commission is not in favor of enacting the sales tax.

Under SB 136, however, municipalities are given the option to impose the 0.25 sales tax by June 30, 2020, if the county does not.

Half of the sales tax collected by the municipalities would go to transit systems while the other half would go to roads.

“This funding combination has never happened for Washington County,” Davies said.

SunTran bus in for maintenance at the Fleet Services facility, St. George, Utah, Sept. 3, 2015 | File photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

Davies showed a chart with estimates of the funding the county’s towns and cities could generate annually if they implemented the sales tax.

St. George would generate nearly $5.6 million, while Washington City would generate up to $957,000.

Washington City would get enough funding to cover the cost of a transit route, Davies said.

In 2014, Washington City’s elected officials looked at tying into SunTran. While a bus route was proposed and an interlocal agreement between St. George and Washington City was drafted, the cost of the proposed route, among other issues, derailed transit expansion into the city at the time.

The 0.25 sales tax for transportation funding was the subject of a vote in 2016. It passed by a thin margin in St. George and Springdale, St. George Mayor Jon Pike said. Elsewhere in the county the measure failed, killing it overall.

Read more from 2016 report: Future of proposed sales tax for road funding in question

Hurricane Mayor John Brammall said there needs to be a series of public hearings and a public education effort on the issue. Like other mayors present at the meeting, he expressed support for the sales tax.

(The tax) is cheaper than having to build roads

“(The tax) is cheaper than having to build roads,” Brammall said. “We have more than the population of Utah going up SR-9 to Zion each year. … Those tax dollars are huge.”

Ivins Mayor Chris Hart said he believes not enough people were aware of the needs and benefits that the funding the 0.25 sales tax would provide when it was on the 2016 ballot. This time around there’s more time to educate the public, he said.

Creation of a county-level transit system is dependent on the Springdale-St. George route becoming a reality, Hart said. He also pointed out that UDOT’s funding to the route’s operations runs out after five years.

Davies said his analysis shows that the route could pay for itself, inviting others to double-check his estimates. He also said he believes the Springdale-St. George transit route will happen and will be a great benefit to the area.

“There’s no question that will expand ridership,” Davies said. “It’s a positive thing.”

New routes and benefit

If all goes according to his projections, Davies said new public transit routes will be created as a part of the transit expansion.

Those possible routes would be in Washington City, the Hurricane-LaVerkin area and the southern part of St. George. The latter route would run along River Road toward Bloomington Hills and the Fort Pierce Industrial Park and residential area.

The benefits of a countywide transit system include keeping more cars off the road while also creating more economic opportunity, Davies said.

Read more: Springdale implements new parking meter program

Citing a 2017 study on the value of parking space in Springdale, Davies said the daily value of one parking spot could run between $248 and $357. The proposed transit route could open up about 350 spaces as both visitors and employees who work in Springdale could take the bus instead of their own vehicles.

With 350 parking spaces open with a value of around $300, Davies said that can produce a daily value of $105,000 for the local economy. Annually, that comes to $38 million. The idea is that visitors who do bring their own vehicles and have a place to park will spend more time in town and spend money versus simply moving on through to Zion National Park.

The reality of an expanded transit system spinning off the Springdale-St. George route will take a handful of years to implement, Davies said. Despite that, members of the Dixie MPO executive council appeared to be in favor of the concept.

We need to keep our long view and not be impatient

“We need to keep our long view and not be impatient,” Davies said, noting that politics and other issues can delay the transit expansion. “It will come.


Monday, March 14, 2022 6:49 PM

Chuck Goode files as Candidate for Commissioner Seat B

Chuck Goode files as Candidate for Commissioner Seat B in Washington County


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