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Midway City Council to Consider Open Space Bond

Midway City

The Midway City Council is holding a special meeting on Thursday to decide whether to put an open space bond on November's ballot.

The special meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 17th at 6pm in the city council chambers.  Although the council was scheduled to meet on August 23rd, Mayor Collen Bonner says she'll be gone as well as some of the council members, so if the council wants to put this on this November's ballot, they have to make a decision before the August 25th deadline.

Mayor Bonner says she will be presenting two options for the council to consider - 6 million or ten million dollars.

However, Bonner is a bit concerned that this is moving too fast.  At the end of the day, she says it is up to the voters to decide.  But she's concerned that if Midway voters approve a bond this year, they could also be facing an additional tax burden if a bond was approved by county voters next year.

As its meeting in July, the Midway City council heard a presentation on a proposed Wasatch Open Lands Inter-Local Agreement from Wasatch County council member Steve Farrell.  Wasatch County is also considering putting an open space bond proposal before voters - most likely in 2018.  Wasatch County Manager Mike Davis told KPCW the council approved the formation of a board to explore the possibility of a bond and what type of open space the money would purchase.

The Wasatch Open Lands board is proposed to have seven members with one selected by Midway City. There would be two large members chosen by the Wasatch County Council.