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County holds off on dropping annexation protest
Olympus Hills » Council wants hearing before allowing neighborhood’s move to Holladay.
First Published Apr 22 2014 06:58 pm • Last Updated Apr 22 2014 10:15 pm

Supporters of annexing Olympus Hills neighborhood into Holladay will have to wait a little longer to see the move take place.

The Salt Lake County Council rejected proponent John Bradshaw’s request Tuesday for the council to immediately drop its formal objection to the annexation, which involves 3,600 residents living between 3900 South and 4500 South from 2700 East to Interstate 215.

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Bradshaw based his appeal for quick action on a Zions Bank study that showed the annexation would have minimal financial impact on anyone — Holladay City, the rest of the unincorporated area, or service districts such as the Unified Police Department and Unified Fire Authority.

"Enough time and energy has been spent by county staff and everybody, so we would request you remove that protest," he said, contending action now would allow the annexation to take place July 1, easing the transition by redirecting the area’s limited sales taxes to Holladay immediately at the start of its fiscal year.

If the process is not complete by then, residents will have to wait until Jan. 1, 2015, to call Holladay home.

But the council declined to drop its protest for now, going along with a request by Councilman Jim Bradley to hold off until a public hearing on the matter is held in mid-May — enough time, he said, that the annexation still could be wrapped up by July 1.

Bradley and Treasurer Wayne Cushing represent the county on the seven-member Boundary Commission, set up because of the county’s protest. The valley’s cities also have two seats, with three former local-government officials holding the other three. Together, they oversaw the financial study’s development.

While Bradley concurred that Bradshaw’s numbers were essentially accurate and allowed that the annexation "will probably go through," he said the Boundary Commission will meet again May 8 to set a specific hearing date.

"I do not see any obstacle to meeting that [July 1] deadline," Bradley said.


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