From what has been happening small city economics during this double digit
recession and triple digit inflation for the last 20 years, now is not a good
time to think about incorporation. Incorporating should be done in times of
prosperity and economic growth that can sustain the cost of creating a city.The biggest threat is nearby cities who want to annex county property
and townships. However, that is not how it works, the citizens still have the
right to vote themselves out of annexation. Incorporation is usually the brain
child of big box business who want a city government that is easier to
manipulate to rezone and change land to commercial high density use.Many Utah cities are in financial trouble now because the revenue to sustain a
city has gone into reverse with accelerated depression, job losses, revenue
losses from taxation. Loss of services (Police, fire department, city officials,
city services) are contracted out to neighborhood groups specializing in Unified
Departments. Unified departments are given the authority of cost-plus taxation
which is unlimited taxation without representation of elected city government.
Cities are so destitute and in financial trouble we can't even appoint a
volunteer dog catcher.
The prior comment is right. Holaday incorporated 12 years ago and it has been a
disaster. The goal was to control zoning and maintain community beauty.
Instead it turned into a game of zoning and attempts at commercial growth.
Cottonwood Mall was torn down and cash cow killed. Then council agreed to give
developer $105 million but developer did not comply with time requirements but
of course good ole boys give unwarranted extensions. Then Village Center is
disaster of planning and dissent. Council shifts course and gives that
developer $250 K to walk. The handouts continue on 30th East for motel.
Finances are a mess and $10 million index and spent for inferior roads and
potholes.I suggest Millcreek trust competent slc or county to provide
services and not a bunch of amateurs as we have in Holladay. Financial
statements are a mess and we would be better off disincorporating and going back
to the county.
The ultimate government waste is having city and county governments doing the
exact same thingIn the 1970's consolidation was rejected in favor of
wall to wall cities - something that has yet to take place because of Magna,
Millcreek and Kearns. Those urban areas should incorporate or annex; or all of
the cities and unincorporated areas of Salt Lake County should simply
consolidate into one city/county government. But the current system of county
and some cities and urban areas in the county does not work (except for a few
who can manipulate the system)
Geez, we already voted this down once...why is it being thrust onto our ballot
again? This smacks of the losing side saying "we're going to continue
to put this issue in front of you until we get the outcome we want."You LOST...move on.