DRAPER — Draper's City Council voted this week to remove the $26 million bond for a recreation center from the June 26 primary ballot despite the fact that ballots are printed and in place.
“They just decided to remove it from the June ballot,” Draper city manager Layne Long said, “and that’s the only decision.”
In April the council voted to put the bond measure on the ballot in hopes of getting voter approval for a recreation center. The city was seeking a public place for community members to exercise and swim, and for local school swim teams' competition pools.
"They passed a resolution at their City Council meeting last night; we were notified yesterday afternoon that they might, and they did," Sherrie Swensen, Salt Lake County clerk, said. "From this point on we are now sending notices to each polling location and our early vote locations to let people know that issue has been canceled on the ballot."
The county will place a public notice in newspapers and is preparing stickers to place over the issue in the ballot book notifying voters that it is canceled.
"For those that have been sent back on the vote by mail, we will actually just suppress the results on those; we won't count them," Swensen said.
The bond cannot be removed from the electronic voting ballots because they were locked when they sent the overseas ballots.But the votes will not be tabulated.
Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation Department, which manages 104 parks and more than 20 recreation centers on the county level, has noted the need for a center in Draper.
“We have a master plan that oversees the entire valley,” said Martin Jensen, Public Information Officer of Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation Department. “Our master plan recognizes the fact that there isn’t a recreation center in Draper, and it recognizes the need for one, but we don’t have any plans to build one.”
The most likely source of funding is the Zoo, Arts and Parks Tax, Jensen said, which is scheduled to be reauthorized in either 2014 or 2016, if voters approve it.
“If they go forward and build their own, then if the tax is reauthorized in the future, it would allow us to then take those funds and use them elsewhere,” Jensen said. “We don’t want to duplicate services or build something where it’s not needed, where the dollar’s tight we can spend that dollar somewhere else.”
The measure could be returned to the ballot in the November general election.