Salt Lake City

Utah Supreme Court Rules in Favor of City on Athletic Complex Bond



December 17, 2012
Contact: Art Raymond

Utah High Court Rules in Favor of City 

Voter-approved athletic complex moves forward following years of litigation

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Supreme Court issued a decision Friday holding that the process related to a 2003 City bond initiative was carried out in an appropriate and legal fashion.

The $15.3 million voter-approved bond is slated to fund the Regional Athletic Complex (RAC), a 142-acre public facility near the Jordan River in northwest Salt Lake City. Under current plans, the site will host 16 soccer/multi-purpose fields, including a stadium field that will feature bleachers, artificial turf, scoreboard and concession area.

“Today’s ruling is a victory for the residents of our City, who approved this project years ago and whose wishes have been held up by a series of obstructionist tactics,” said Mayor Ralph Becker. “The Utah Supreme Court today confirmed  that our bond validation process complied with Utah law.”

Friday’s ruling by the Utah Supreme Court upholds a district court decision on a Bond Validation Act petition filed by the City in 2011. Previous to today’s action, the Jordan River Restoration Network (JRRN) and other opponents of the project have been unsuccessful in their challenges in multiple state and federal courts.

“The Utah Supreme Court ruling is a comprehensive and meticulous decision,” said City Attorney Ed Rutan. “Both JRRN and the City clearly had their day in court. The ruling confirms the City’s belief that the bonds are valid and the process was fair.”

The City expects to reengage the bond process following Friday’s ruling and move forward with issuance procedures. Some work has already been conducted on the RAC site, including grading, shaping of play areas and installation of sub-surface infrastructure including water and sewer lines, electrical and irrigation systems.