Voters Being Asked to Spend Money on 6 Propositions

Voters Being Asked to Spend Money on 6 Propositions


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John Hollenhorst ReportingSalt Lake City voters will be asked tomorrow whether they're willing to spend a lot of money-- 47 million dollars in future property taxes. It would pay for six different projects. Our latest poll shows most, but not all, are likely to win approval.

Even in the heart of snowstorm people have been out campaigning today for the six ballot propositions. In some ways it's harder than selling a candidate. They're asking people for their vote, and for a small piece of their family budget.

Supporters of Proposition 2 were still pounding signs the day before the election. They want voters to approve 10 million dollars to turn the old city Library into The Leonardo cultural center. Meanwhile, Andres Mendez raced door to door dropping off Prop 5 literature. That's the 15 million dollar Soccer & Sports Complex.

Andres Mendez, Prop 5 Supporter: "I like sports. And I'd like to have more soccer fields to play soccer. And I like soccer."

Andres' proposition is the one least likely to pass, according to our KSL-Deseret News Poll. Props 1, 2, 4 and 6 look strong with roughly a two-to-one margin. They would pay for improvements at Hogle Zoo, The Leonardo at Library Square, Open Space and Parks and improvements at Tracy Aviary.

Prop 3, for two new library branches is ahead, but close. And Prop 5 is clearly in trouble. That's the 15 million dollar soccer and sports complex in extreme Northwest Salt Lake City.

Dan Jones, KSL-Deseret News: "Right now, I have that going down. And for two reasons--the area that it'll be placed, and number two the amount of money."

Prop 5 supporters say they have plenty of enthusiastic kids campaigning, but very little money to get out their message about the city's inadequate athletic fields.

Paul C. Burke, Prop.5 Co-Chairman: "We're here to win. And our kids in Salt Lake City need us to win. These are kids who are tired of having to drive to West Jordan to play soccer. And if you ask them, this is an essential question for Salt Lake City voters."

Pollster Dan Jones thinks Prop 5's ballot position hurts too. Voters might get tired of spending money by the time they get to the 5th Proposition. The city council set up the ballot alphabetically, some say from Z to A since the Zoo is first and the Aviary is last. But that's Hogle Zoo and Tracy Aviary. The sports complex got 5th place because the city council filed it under R, for Regional sports complex.

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