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SPORTS AUTHORITY WON'T SUE TAXPAYERS GROUP FOR LEGAL FEES

The Utah Sports Authority won't sue to recover the tax dollars spent to fight two lawsuits filed by the Concerned Taxpayers of Utah that were dismissed.

Authority members met in closed session for about an hour Wednesday to discuss a suggestion by Deputy Attorney General Joe Tesch that the taxpayers group should pay the state's legal bill.When the authority members reconvened, none was willing to make a motion in support of going after the money it cost the attorney general's office to defend the state against the lawsuits.

The taxpayers group first sued the state last June, seeking information on the way the authority was spending some $56 million in tax funds set aside to build winter sports facilities.

They followed up with a second lawsuit, asking the court to halt all construction on the facilities, intended to host Olympic competition if Salt Lake City is awarded the 2002 Winter Games. Both lawsuits were dismissed.