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SLC Council approves $87 million street bond, to be voted on by public in November

Posted at 8:26 PM, Aug 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-14 23:51:05-04

SALT LAKE CITY – The Salt Lake City Council unanimously approved an $87 million road bond Tuesday, that will be given to voters to decide on in November.

In June, a study made by the  Salt Lake City Transportation Department found that about two-thirds of the city’s streets were rated “poor” or “failing.”

“This is an opportunity after a ton of work with the administration and Council staff, and Council Members, to have a conversation with our community about a singular need, which is street reconstruction,” said Council Chair Erin Mendenhall. “I’m glad that we get to do this through a vote of the public.”

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski asked voters to educate themselves and vote on the road bond in November.

“Voters now have the ability to decide whether to pay a little now or pay much more later to improve our deteriorating roads,” said Mayor Biskupski. “I urge residents to study the bond, make an informed decision and then vote on the future of Salt Lake City streets.”

During her campaign, Biskupski promised to improve the city’s streets.

If approved by voters, Biskupski’s office said an average homeowner would pay less than $5 each year in taxes for the bond.