Soccer complex battle puts residents on defense

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  • other Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 10, 2011 9:37 a.m.

    The bond is fraudulent and should be revoked. Taxpayers are getting less than half of what they voted for and the "Sports Complex" has become soccer only.
    In addition, the fund from the bond (and the $7.5 million assumed to still be coming from the financially strapped Salt Lake Real) would only complete Phase one, which omits the necessary infrastructure. The City would never approve a private development which failed to provide adequate infrastructure.

    The infrastructure would then be rolled into Phase two (along with a few softball fields) at an additional cost of $17 million, with funding to come from an unspecified source, probably Salt Lake County. Salt Lake County cannot afford this either, however.

    In addition, the City has already spent over $4 million to acquire lands adjacent to the Jordan River site. So, once Phase Two is completed, taxpayers will have been fleeced for more than twice what voter approved in the bond and end up with only half of the promised facilities. This is irresponsible leadership.