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Small town finds school fight not cheap

Small town finds school fight not cheap



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HERRIMAN, Utah (AP) -- Herriman is finding out the hard way that a constitutional clash doesn't come cheap.

The south valley suburb has shelled out $76,000 -- more than $5 per resident and nearly 1 percent of the city's $10 million budget -- for attorneys and court fees to fight the Jordan School District split.

Officials in Herriman, population 14,600, maintain that west-siders, including their residents, were unconstitutionally denied the right to vote on the costly plan.

The city banked on getting contributions from its west-side allies. But, in the end, only Taylorsville, which isn't even part of Jordan School District, paid up.

Herriman Mayor Lynn Crane has no regrets about the long struggle, even though his city has lost at every turn as the case has worked its way up to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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