Emotions are running high in Millcreek Township, as residents make final appeals to voters who are undecided on whether or not to become a city. This morning residents who oppose incorporation gathered near a street corner on 2300 east to address some looming financial problems they see with the proposal. But they weren’t alone, as residents who support it gathered close by.
Roger Dudley is a Millcreek resident leading the group that is opposed to incorporation. He says if Millcreek became a city it would risk abandoning or significantly delaying an ongoing road project along 2300 east. He says if incorporation is defeated, Salt Lake County will fulfill its commitment to finishing the project, but...
“If the city is passed, then the total cost sits on the shoulder of the new city and they have not accounted for these costs," Dudley says.
Salt Lake County received a federal grant for the project that requires a “match” of about a half a million dollars. The county released a statement that says it will complete the design phase of the project but the new city will be responsible for funding the rest of the project.
Resident Steve Pohlman is in favor of incorporation. He says the remainder of the project could be paid for out of the county’s municipal service fund.
“It’s not like we’re going to have to go out and raise new funds to go ahead and complete the road," Pohlman says.
That exchange would require approval by the county council.
Voters in Millcreek will decide the future of the township next Tuesday.