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Voters Approve Bond for Recreational Center

Voters Approve Bond for Recreational Center

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FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) -- Voters have approved an $18 million bond to help construct a recreation center serving the south end of Davis County.

The vote Tuesday was 5,085 in favor to 4,836 against.

County Clerk-Auditor Steve Rawlings said 18.7 percent of registered voters went to the polls, which was better than the turnout for the primary election in June.

Bountiful City Manager Tom Hardy said he would like to begin construction on the center next spring and finish it in the fall of 2006.

The bond will raise property taxes on a home worth $180,000 by about $38 annually. It will also cost homeowners an additional $12 or $13 annually to provide the $500,000 in operation and maintenance costs for the center.

That amount could be lower if a proposed recreation, arts and parks tax is approved.

The district includes Centerville, Woods Cross, Bountiful, West Bountiful, North Salt Lake and unincorporated areas in the south end of the county. Farmington originally was part of the group, but the City Council chose not to participate.

Ron Mortensen, a co-founder of Citizens for Tax Fairness, a group organized to fight the recreation center, said his group didn't do too badly for being formed just four weeks ago.

"Given the odds, I'm honestly surprised we did as good as we did," he said.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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