Taxpayers May Get Stuck with Tab for Monument to Organ Donors

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A monument honoring organ donors that was supposed to be a gift to the city, may become a burden to taxpayers.

A bill is due for the water fountain and glass wall etched with the names of organ donors at Salt Lake City's Library Square, and the nonprofit that created the monument has disbanded.

More than Three hundred thousand dollars is due on the project by the end of the year.

Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson and other organ-donation groups are optimistic that private donations will pay the bill.

But if they don't, taxpayers will be stuck with the tab and the City Council office is questioning if city policy was violated.

The full amount needed for the monument hadn't been raised when Anderson's office agreed to put the monument in Library Square. A city council member says all the money should have been raised and the project approved by the council before the monument was built.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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