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CLEARFIELD COUNCIL REFUSES TO BACK GAMES

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The Clearfield City Council, citing concerns over proposed public funding of the Games, has refused to endorse Salt Lake City's bid for the 1998 Winter Olympics.

Brian Wilkinson, a spokesman for the Salt Lake Winter Games Organizing Committee, said he was unaware of any other municipality voting down an Olympic support resolution.Utah residents will be asked in a non-binding referendum vote Nov. 7 whether the state should pursue the bid for the Games and whether they approve of using $55 million in sales tax revenues to build Olympic facilities.

Clearfield council member Ivan Anderson suggested the council hold off on an endorsement of the bid until the funding picture becomes clearer.

"I have some reservations supporting something nine years down the road. I'm interested in where the burden is going to be placed," added Councilman H. Keith Stephenson.

Councilman James Hurst said the use of sales tax monies would hit Clearfield hard. He suggested Olympic organizers look for private funding.