SPANISH FORK SUPPORTS WINTER OLYMPICS BID
COUNCIL ENVISIONS LONG-TERM BENEFITS BUT IS `NOT NECESSARILY’ IN FAVOR OF TAX INCREASE
Spanish Fork has become the latest city to come out in support of the 1998 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics proposal.
The City Council, in the form of a resolution sponsored by council member Jerald Chapple, supports the proposal because of the opportunity to showcase Utah's people, attractions, resources and unique beauty in the international spotlight.Mayor J. Merrill Hallam was quick to point out, however, that the city was not necessarily in favor of tax increases to provide funding for the Olympic facilities and bid.
"We're not going on record of being in favor of tax increases or bond issues to provide funding," Hallam said. "The funding is another issue. We're just in favor of the idea of having the Olympics in Utah."
Chapple, in the resolution, said the Olympic selection could showcase Utah "before hundreds of millions of people around the globe for at least a decade to come.
"It will bring tens of thousands of visitors annually for that entire period and our selection by the United States Olympic Committee will bring us the opportunity to become both the training site for America's winter sports athletes and the winter sports capital of the United States."
Additionally, the construction of Olympic-caliber facilities will provide citizens the assurance that they will have the nation's winter sports training center and enable Utah to host many international and national sporting activities, Chapple said.
Those facilities "will provide us with the unusual opportunity to assume long-term economic opportunities to the state and its people," he said. "It will greatly expand tourism throughout Utah and further develop the state's number one industry and its positive economic impact on all parts of Utah."
Further, the selection by the U.S. Olympic Committee brings "favorable and constructive recognition to all of Utah and its people,"' he said. "That action gives Utahns a rare and unusual opportunity to join hands in a volunteer effort to maximize the opportunities which have and will result by virtue of becoming America's choice."
The city also received a 17-minute video presentation of the Salt Lake City Olympic bid. The tape is available for groups or individuals interested in the bid. For more information, call the city offices at 798-3568.