"We have faith in the voters in Sandy - that they can perceive the need and understand that this is the best alternative and by far the lowest financing source. My faith in Sandy voters has been more than confirmed and justified."
According to Smith, Tuesday was the first time any city has given residents the chance to help decide the location of a new city hall.
The issue garnered much excitement among city officials and candidates pacing the floor, anxiously awaiting election returns throughout the evening at Sandy City Hall.
Several, including City Council candidate Judy Bell and Councilman Bryant F. Anderson, proposed delaying construction for up to three years to give the city an opportunity to build up its savings - thus decreasing the amount of the bond.
Anderson's proposal was rejected by the council, and Bell chimed a different tune Tuesday.
"If it's the consensus of the people, I will get behind it," she said. "I wasn't opposed to a new city hall. I was just opposed to the timing. I thought we should have waited a year or two and save money, but if the people vote they want to bond for it - so be it. We will bond for it and build a new city hall."
The location of the hall ignited more heated debate during the campaign than did the financing issue. Although South Towne Center clearly emerged as the preferred site, results of the citizen preference poll in the municipal election did not include 100 percent of precincts Tuesday night.
The city recorder said all precincts reported election results, but election judges in six precincts failed to tally votes in the poll. Those figures will be available Wednesday following a canvass scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
During the past few months, several citizens groups urged voters to "give Sandy a heart" and build the hall at 9400 South and 1300 East - a "more centralized" location. But the Sandy Planning Commission came out strongly in favor of the South Towne site. So did Smith's administration and staff and the business community.
As of Tuesday, the mayor personally hadn't voiced an opinion on the site options, but he was clearly pleased with residents' recommendation that it be built by the city's commercial mall. Only 709 voters recommended it be built at the site of the current city hall, 440 E. 8680 South.
A final decision on the site will be made by the City Council. If Smith has his way, construction will begin as soon as possible.
The mayor wants the proposed 85,000-square-foot city hall and police station open by June 1993 - in the heart of the city's centennial celebration.
"Most people don't realize that Sandy is the second oldest city in Salt Lake County. We are 100 years old now . . . and what more fitting, significant event to happen during our centennial celebration than opening a new, updated, very practical city hall."