Smaller Parks Bond Will Go to Voters in November

(KCPW News) Salt Lake County is one step closer to getting more parks and park improvements. Tuesday, the County Council unanimously approved placing a $47 million parks bond proposal requested by Mayor Peter Corroon on the November ballot.

“I didn’t think it was going to pass because I have been calling the council members asking them where they were, and nobody said they were going to come in and support it. Some didn’t say they were going to vote against it, but ultimately it was a unanimous vote by those who were there, and so I am very excited,” he tells KCPW.

This is the second time this summer Corroon has asked the council to place a parks bond on the ballot. Initially, the plan called for a $123 million bond, but it was voted down by the council’s Republicans.

Corroon says if the new bond is passed by voters, the county will still be able to get several park projects done.

“We’re now going to build a park in Draper, in Bluffdale, on the Kearns-West Valley border, and purchase a property in Magna for a future park,” Corroon explains. “Also, we’re going to finish Jordan River trail and the Parley’s Trail which goes from Olympus Cove down to the Jordan River.”

If approved, the bond will mean an extra $5 to $7 a year for homeowners on their property taxes.