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Letters: New city hall not needed at proposed $10.5M cost
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Dear Bountiful Neighbors,

As you may have read in the newspaper, the Bountiful City Council voted last week to proceed with building a new city hall, even though the cost has now doubled to $10.5 million (it was originally $4.6 million).

I attended the meeting where the vote was taken, and I left completely convinced that Bountiful does not need a new city hall. I was pleased to note that two of the council members (Fred Moss and Richard Higginson) voted against the plan. Unfortunately, their sound arguments fell on deaf ears and they were one vote short of a majority to stop the project.

It is unnecessary to construct a new building for $10.5 million when upgrades (IT and handicapped access) to the current building could be completed for maybe only $1 million or so.

The city could build a new center as well as an upgraded city hall for probably less than half the proposed costs of just a new city hall alone.

Moreover, most people I know believe the current city hall is beautifully sited, efficient, and capable of serving the city for many decades to come.

I believe in conservative use of taxes, and to me, the $10.5 million is reckless. Therefore, I invite you to contact the members of the city council with your questions about why the plan is going forward even though the cost has doubled. Maybe their stance on this issue will influence who you vote for in the upcoming city election).

Sincerely and thank you,

Dean Collinwood

Council members:

Richard Higginson: richard@ecostarutah.com

Richard is opposed to the new city hall building and voted against it.

Fred Moss: fred@dominioneng.net

Fred is opposed to the new new city hall building and voted against it.

Tom Tolman: Tomsgrafix@aol.com

Tom is in favor of the new building and voted for it.

Beth Holbrook: sandrus@bountifulutah.gov

Beth is in favor of the new building and voted for it.

John (Marc) Knight: sandrus@bountifulutah.gov

Marc is in favor of the new building and voted for it.

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September 12, 2013
Dean Collinwood is a lobbyist for a non-governmental special interest group that wants Bountiful City to build him a $4,000,000 building. Not going to happen. Deal with it!

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