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Environmental Construction Costs Strain County Budgets

Environmental Construction Costs Strain County Budgets



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Salt Lake county's green construction projects are costing, well, a lot of green.

Officials say the county's Zoo, Arts and Park projects are millions of dollars over budget because contractors are applying green design and building standards.

Voters approved $65 million for the fitness centers, pools, ice rinks and other facilities being built. But the actual price tag is approaching $85 million.

Mayor Peter Corroon says the energy efficiencies will be worth the costs. Corroon says the county should tap into the $20 million leaders once planned for construction of a parking facility for a professional soccer stadium.

Councilman Mark Crockett says the county should face the reality that the money's not there. He says everyone wants to save energy, but adding costs after the fact is troublesome.

------ Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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