In 1993 our city planners and sports boosters projected the costs for maintaining Franklin Quest Field. Only a year later, the actual costs are 40 percent over budget. Once again, it's the taxpayers who are forced to pick up the additional $140,000 in maintenance overruns.

As reported, the major recipients of the maintenance overruns were the janitorial services of Larry H. Miller Arena Corp., and Utah Power. Interestingly enough, they were some of the big-time backers behind bringing Triple A baseball to Utah.If the city planners can't project a year in advance the costs of maintaining Franklin Quest Field, how can we believe the government and big-time backers behind bringing the Olympic Winter Games to Utah? Already we are beginning to see broken promises of limited costs to the taxpayers for hosting the Winter Games.

Think about it. Who are the big-time backers behind hosting the Olympic Winter Games? Who stands to financially benefit? Who's going to pay the potential hundreds of millions of dollars in underestimated cost overruns?

K. Robert Davis

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