Wasatch County voters approved a recreation bond Tuesday of up to $2.25 million, in complete but unofficial election returns. The vote was 684 in favor of the bond and 622 against.
This breaks down to 52 percent for, 48 percent against. An increase in property tax of up to $38 per year for every $100,000 of residential value was authorized in order to cover the bond issue. The bond is to help build the proposed Wasatch County Park at 1200 West and Midway Lane in Heber City, serving the rapidly growing towns east of Provo and Salt Lake City.The ballot notes that purposes of the general obligation bonds will include constructing softball diamonds and bleachers, soccer fields, pavilion and picnic areas, playgrounds and volleyball facilities. Also, parking, landscaping and other projects will be carried out.
Building the proposed park is needed, say county officials, because demand for rec-rea-tion facilities has increased. In the past two years, local participation in the soccer programs has grown from 650 to 900 players, and in county baseball and softball programs the number of players has grown from 600 to more than 800.
The recreation bond is to be payable in no more than 25 years after the bond is issued. The County Commission was authorized to levy a tax for that purpose.