Cache County voters reject open space bond

Cache County voters reject open space bond



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LOGAN, Utah (AP) -- Cache County voters have soundly defeated a ballot proposition that proposed raising property taxes to pay for critical open space preservation.

Proposition 1 would have issued a $10 million bond. About 59 percent of voters rejected the proposal at the polls Tuesday. Forty-one percent of voters supported the measure. Just over 38,000 people cast ballots on the issue.

The proposition would have raised the taxes on the average $170,000 home by about $16.50 to maintain undeveloped open space across the county.

Supporters said the bond would protect lands that maintain air and water quality, scenic vistas, wildlife habitat, working farms and increase recreation opportunities.

Dave Rayfield, chairman of the Critical Lands Task Force, one of the measure's vocal supporters, says he's disappointed by the vote.

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Information from: The Herald Journal

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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