Snyderville Basin could become a city
February 8, 2013
The Summit County Council is considering having a study done to determine if the Snyderville Basin should be incorporated.
Tom Clyde, an Eastern Summit Planning Commissioner and Woodland resident, first posed the idea to the County Council during the Feb. 5 strategic planning meeting.
"One idea that stands out due to its absence is the idea of incorporating Snyderville, pulling all the districts into it and creating a city over here, which would then leave county government as a pretty lightweight minor operation," he said.
Councilmember Chris Robinson said that if a Snyderville Basin city were created, it would have a strong tax base, with both sales and property tax, but that it would likely result in a tax increase for East Summit residents.
"Because you are taking this huge tax base out," he said. "That isn’t to say it shouldn’t be done. There’s a lot of merit to it. If we incorporate this area, we could get out of the municipal business and it would simplify county government greatly."
However, he added, those living in Snyderville Basin may not want to lose the Park City name.
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"Many here in the Basin think they live in Park City and they love the moniker of Park City," he said. "Park City doesn’t want to change from a quaint little town and annex all these people. And by the same token, many of the citizens here may not want to lose the de facto name of Park City that they carry," he said.
County Attorney Dave Thomas said that taxes in the Snyderville Basin will likely increase as well, to create services such as a police department.
"There are a lot of things we get by economy of scale in the county. You really do get a pretty good deal in the county for municipal services," he said.
To incorporate Snyderville Basin, residents would first need to circulate a petition signed by 10 percent of the Snyderville Basin property owners to have a feasibility study done. After a feasibility study, it would then go before voters in an election.
Clyde proposed they study it before waiting for a petition.
If the county initiates a study without a petition, to put the issue on the ballot it would still need to go through the petition and feasibility study process.
"It just seems like something that is worth looking at in detail. It really hasn’t been done in a long time," Clyde said.
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