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Zoo Bond Would Mean Tax Hike of $10 to $20

Zoo Bond Would Mean Tax Hike of $10 to $20



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A bond plan for multi-million dollar renovations at Hogle Zoo would cost Salt Lake County residents about $10 to $20 more a year in property taxes.

That's an estimate by the Salt Lake County Debt Review Committee looking into the zoo's request that a $65 million bond issue be put to voters in November.

Zoo officials say the money would pay for much needed upgrades for its animal exhibits. But the debt review committee says it needs more information before it can recommend that the council put the bond on the ballot.

The biggest challenge is to determine how the county legally can pay for improvements at a Salt Lake City-owned facility.

Salt Lake County Auditor Jeff Hatch says the county would have to retain title on the upgrades the bond would pay for if voters approved the measure.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

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