Our View: Voters OK taxes for projects

Jul 1 2013 - 12:33pm


Fiscal jaws
Fiscal jaws

A majority of Weber County voters made a choice to pay more taxes to save high school swimming pools and improve an existing public library system. At this point, it's the responsibility of the Ogden School District and Weber County Library System officials to make sure the revenues voters have put in their trust produce quality pools and a better library system. In other words, no excuses will be accepted -- the promises must be kept.

These are still tough economic times, and nearly $50 million added to property taxes is no easy tab for area residents. We're pleased to see a majority of voters have faith that the school district and Weber County will deliver on the promises that voters approved.

On the pools vote, the district asked for a property tax increase of about $25 a year to initiate several repairs, including fixing leaks, making sure that bleachers pass safety code and replacing a boiler at Ben Lomond High School. The pools, which are at Ben Lomond and Ogden high schools, will be upgraded in appearance and maintained and operated in a quality manner. 

The community, including several high schools and swimming teams and clubs, rely on the pools. Losing them would have been a hardship for Weber County. We hope that voters' support for the pools will motivate the school district to effectively work to make sure the community is aware of the pools and what they offer.

The library bond had the lion's share of the taxpayers' tab at $45 million. Its majority vote was narrower. Small increases in property taxes will construct a new library in Roy, repair the main library in Ogden, add to the library in North Ogden and provide additional parking space at the Huntsville library.

Voters made a huge buy on Tuesday, but if all goes as promised, the purchases can improve the quality of life in the Top of Utah. We must make sure district and county officials produce what the price tag promised.

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