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Richard Piatt ReportingSalt Lake City taxpayers will not have to worry about a tax increase to pay for the Salt Palace. The legislature put the situation to bed during its special session today.
Not every member of the House or Senate is all that thrilled about it, but the Salt Palace Funding bill did pass, in each case by a wide margin this afternoon. What this shows is how the general dislike for Mayor Rocky Anderson on Capitol Hill has boiled over into an important development issue.
Salt Lake City residents could have faced a tax increase if the legislature hadn’t acted to approve this bill, which allows about $4-million towards the Salt Palace expansion project. The House and Senate both did, but there are reasons this bill had problems as well.
Sen. Dave Thomas: “The question is, if you’re gonna do this for one, you do it for all. And right now the way it’s cued up, we’re just doing it for Salt Lake County, and I think that’s some concern.”
Today the legislature also passed the bill to fund the veteran’s nursing home in Weber County, and to fund the drug treatment program for first time offenders, among other things.