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Zoo Proposes Half-price Passes in Exchange for Bond

Zoo Proposes Half-price Passes in Exchange for Bond



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Hogle Zoo says if voters approve a $65 million bond for zoo improvements they'll give something back.

Zoo officials say they'll give Salt Lake County residents half-price admission every Tuesday beginning in 2008 if the measure passes.

Executive Director of the zoo Craig Dinsmore says it gives voters a tangible return on their investment. The proposal comes after some grumbling that Salt Lake Valley residents are shouldering the zoo's renovation even though zoo visitors come from throughout the state.

The bond money is a crucial part of an $85 million renovation plan -- the largest makeover in Hogle Zoo history.

The zoo has similarly rewarded taxpayers with its "Wild Wednesdays" program that offers county residents free admission several times a year for giving the animal sanctuary Zoo, Arts and Parks funding.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

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

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