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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Utah County commissioners will give $8 million in taxpayer funds to underwrite a new children's museum at Thanksgiving Point.
Commissioners said the $25 million museum will help develop the county's cultural offerings. Construction is expected to start in 2009, with the museum opening in fall 2010.
The county plans to bond for the $8 million, although up to $7 million in additional funds could be needed for interest and other bond-related costs.
Commissioners say they hope to recoup some costs through free tickets for school field trips.
Museum planners will also ask Lehi's city government for $1 million and the Utah Legislature for $2 million in January. Private fundraising and in-kind donations are projected at $10 million.
Information from: The Daily Herald
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