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The Salt Lake City Council has decided to place a $125-million public safety bond on the November ballot. Now the council and other supporters of a much-needed new headquarters for police, fire and other emergency operations need to convince voters to approve the tax hike.

It won't be difficult to make the case that a new complex is needed. The current facility is woefully inadequate and in disrepair. With water leaks, malfunctioning elevators and a host of other problems, it simply wouldn't be practical or cost-effective to renovate the existing building.

In KSL's view, the need is undeniable.

It will, however, be much more challenging in these stressful economic times to make the case that a tax increase is justified to pay for the new facility. The fact voters barely rejected a more extravagant proposal in 2007 offers hope this latest less costly proposal may actually pass. But, only if the city's citizens are persuaded it is in their best interest to approve the bond.

KSL believes it is. We supported the effort last time around, and we haven't changed our minds. While the campaign will be challenging, we believe a convincing case to approve the bond can be made.

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