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Study: Relocating Prison Would Cost Millions

Study: Relocating Prison Would Cost Millions



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DRAPER, Utah (AP) -- The Utah State Prison in Draper will stay put -- at least for now.

A feasibility study found it would cost too much money to move the prison. It found the cost of moving the prison far surpasses the money the state could make selling the land.

In fact, the study found after the state sold the land it would need another 372 (M)million dollars to move the prison.

Governor Huntsman says that's all he needs to know to decide NOT to move the prison. He says they ran the numbers, did the analysis and the numbers simply aren't there.

Huntsman first suggested the idea of moving the prison during the 2004 campaign for the governor's office. Last winter, he persuaded lawmakers to set aside 140-thousand dollars to study whether such a move was feasible.

Huntsman says the idea of moving the prison will be "off the table" for at least the next three years -- the rest of his term in office.

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More information: .. Utahns can comment of feasibility study November 30th, from six to eight p-m at Draper Elementary School .. Study available at www.utah.gov.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

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

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