MILLCREEK — Five months after a failed vote to incorporate Millcreek communities into a city, some residents are proposing annexing the area to Holladay.
Residents of the area disagree on how best to move into Millcreek's future. One group filed an intent to be annexed into Salt Lake City, and others started making plans to incorporate in 2014. If incorporated, it would be Utah's 10th largest city.
Uneasy with those options, a third group has filed a notice of intent to be annexed into Holladay. Millcreek Township borders Murray, South Salt Lake, Holladay, Taylorsville and a small portion of West Valley City. The area is also represented by elected community councils. The township includes the Canyon Rim, East Millcreek, Millcreek and Olympus Cove communities.
The area is home to more than 63,000 people. The proposed annexation into Holladay would only be a part of Millcreek, though, extending from I-215 west to 2700 East, and between 4500 South and 3900 South. That area has about 1,400 residents.
Millcreek resident John Bradshaw said he wants that area of Millcreek to be annexed into Holladay for the sense of community it would provide.
"The people who have lived in our area for a long period of time still think they're part of Holladay now," Bradshaw said. "Why do we only want our own little area? It's not controversial. We have very little commercial space."
People against the annexation said they want to keep the community intact.
"What we don't want to do is just have bits and pieces taken out," Millcreek resident Fred Healey said. "We want to remain the integrity and the community of the township as it exists, and the only way to do that is to see that the community stays together."
Bradshaw said the annexation would save neighbors money. Owners of a home in Holladay assessed at $300,000 would pay about $295 per year property tax, compared with $684 in Millcreek, he said.
Holladay Mayor Dennis Webb said the economic impact to his city would need to be evaluated.
"Hopefully, the property taxes that they would bring in would offset the services that would need to be provided, but that's one of the things we'll be looking at in the petition," Webb said.
The mayor said he thinks the annexation would be approved, and Bradshaw said he believes it would secure the area's future in an uncertain time for Millcreek Township.
Unlike an incorporation, which requires the vote of a township, voters do not have a say in annexations. Annexations require petitions of support from property owners and public hearings as part of an 18-step process, but the City Council of the annexing city has the final say.
City officials in Holladay will send a notice to all neighbors in Millcreek. The petition must be signed by at least 51 percent of residents. Webb said he thinks there could be a decision in six to eight months.
Contributing: Marjorie Cortez