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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A sprawling soccer complex in Salt Lake City is getting closer to becoming reality.
In 2003, residents voted to raise $15.3 million in property taxes for west-side athletic fields. But first the city needed a donor to kick in $7.5 million.
Real Salt Lake agreed to be that benefactor as it brokered a deal with the state for $35 million in hotel taxes to build a Major League Soccer stadium in Sandy.
Now, the capital says it has reached an agreement in which the city will start taxing property owners. In 2003 that tab was estimated at nearly $8 more a year on a $175,000 home. Once that happens, Real Salt Lake will put up its money for the project and the city can move forward with the final design of 16 fields for soccer, lacrosse and rugby and four baseball and softball diamonds.
They would be built on 180 acres near Interstate 215 and 2200 North. The sports park would displace a model-airplane airport and sit next to the Jordan River Parkway and a state off-road-vehicle facility.
Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune
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