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Officials at the Utah Museum of Natural History have done a terrific job of raising money to pay for a stunning new facility near the University of Utah's Research Park. Now, voters in Salt Lake County should help them complete the project by approving Proposition One on Election Day.
In this state that is replete with natural wonders, it seems only appropriate there should be a first class museum to properly house and display the 1.2 million artifacts that have been collected over the years. The 163-thousand square foot facility currently under construction in the foothills east of the capital city will most certainly fill the bill.
So far, museum officials have come up with more than $87 million. They are asking voters to approve the remaining $15 million needed to finish construction and actually open the museum in about a year.
The museum, of course, is an asset for the entire state, but mostly for the residents of Salt Lake County. That is why county residents are being asked to slightly increase their property taxes for the next 15-years to pay for the $15 million bond.
It is, in KSL's view, a small price to pay for preserving and exhibiting some of Utah's most precious natural wonders.