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Another key issue for city backers is what happens to Millcreek Township if incorporation is defeated.
"We know that if this fails, cities will say it’s fair game to annex Millcreek," Silvestrini claimed, contending the township’s four community councils have worked hard for a decade to develop a sense of community that would be torn apart by annexation.
Utah has 243 cities and towns.
83 percent of Utahns live in a city or town.
Three cities have incorporated since 1996.
Source: Utah League of Cities and Towns
Millcreek ballot issue
To access a county website meant to be informative and neutral on the proposal to incorporate Millcreek, go to http://www.millcreekballot.com/.
"Annexation is a real concern," he added. "The main reason we should incorporate is to keep our Millcreek community together."
Dudley dismissed the severity of that threat, saying existing laws adequately protect unincorporated areas from unwanted annexations, and that the bottom line comes down to "the city is totally unnecessary.
"What’s at stake here is risks and inexperience versus mature, capable government that’s proven," he contended. "We don’t want any more government. We don’t want any less."
The four community councils within Millcreek have remained neutral on incorporation, and true to form in this election, some of their leaders have divergent views.
Mount Olympus’ Silvestrini is for it, obviously. Diane Angus of the Millcreek Community Council knows people on both sides but feels personally that "I can’t see the benefit." Nancy Carlson-Gotts of East Millcreek Community Council also is inclined to vote no, noting "I’m happy with the services I get from the county. What’s that old saying, ‘If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.’ "
Canyon Rim Community Council member Brian Howick thinks both sides have put out misleading information and tried to build support through fear tactics, to the detriment of residents.
"The thing that hurts me the most is, in such a nice friendly area, why is incorporation terminating friendships that have lasted decades. It makes me ill," Howick said, predicting that whatever the outcome, "I don’t know if most citizens would notice much of a change."
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