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Police and fire officials in Salt Lake City make a good case for constructing a new public safety building in the capitol city. But can they persuade voters to approve a $191 million bond to go ahead with the project?

In KSL's view, they deserve the opportunity to give it a try. The City Council should place the bond question on the November 6 ballot.

Officials say the current public-safety building is in decay. They point to leaky ceilings, a crumbling parking garage and elevators that sometimes work! It is said the building doesn't even meet the current fire code. It's not that the building has been neglected, they contend. It's just that it is heavily used 24 hours a day so maintenance crews have a difficult time keeping up with demands. And funds are limited for major renovations.

So, what they're proposing is construction of a new headquarters building, an emergency operations center, a couple of new fire departments, a fire-training facility and an east-side precinct.

As we said, they make a compelling case. Those charged with preserving the public's safety shouldn't necessarily labor in palatial surroundings, but they do deserve facilities that meet basic needs. They should be given the opportunity to convince voters that their cause is just.

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