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Draper Rec Center costs jump $1.6 million due to tariffs

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DRAPER, Utah (News4Utah) – The Salt Lake County Council had to approve an adjustment of $1.6 million for the Draper Recreation Center. The adjustment cited tariffs as one of the reasons for the increased costs. Officials say other infrastructure could end up being more in the future.

In 2016 voters approved a bond for parks and recreation, and officials thought it would go further. Holly Yocom, Director of Community Services for Salt Lake County, said the higher costs were unexpected.

“So there is always a contingency in the budget, unfortunately, no one saw this coming and so it wasn’t planned for,” said Yocum.

The Draper Rec Center project is the only one to see this big of a jump in price, but other upgrades haven’t been bid on yet.

“Luckily this is the only project that’s out that we had to lock in the amount for, but we are looking closely at all those other projects and planning for contingencies,” said Yocum.

Several Utah lawmakers including Rep. John Curtis (R-3rd District) have been outspoken about tariffs. In a video, he released Thursday the congressman said while trade deficits need to be dealt with tariffs are not the way.

“As a strong supporter of free trade and free market principles. I’m generally not a strong supporter of tariffs,” Rep. Curtis said in the video.

Rep. Curtis announced he’s cosponsoring a bipartisan that would require Congress to approve adjustments to imports that impact national security which includes tariffs.

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