Nearly three-quarters of the residents of this unincorporated community surrounded by Sandy oppose becoming annexed into the city, according to a survey released by the White City Community Council.
The survey was conducted with the Utah State University Extension Service to find out what White City residents think about a wide variety of issues, including annexation.The results of the May 31 survey, which will be used to help the council advise the Salt Lake County Commission, held few surprises, said council secretary James Alexander.
Sandy has tried repeatedly to annex the community over the years, but the majority of White City residents have consistently remained opposed to being made part of that city, Alexander said.
Of the 333 responses received to the survey, only 28 percent answered yes to the question, "Should White City be annexed to Sandy?" and just 22 percent said they wanted to join with other communities to incorporate.
Respondents said they would be willing to pay higher taxes for improving streets, storm drainage, animal control and street lighting.
However, they said they would not be willing to add to their tax bills for covered bus stop benches, developing Dimple Dell and other parks or building curbs and gutters.
The preferred method of increasing their taxes, respondents to the survey said, is through charging user fees rather than boosting property tax rates or imposing a special service district fee.
The survey asked several questions about Dimple Dell Park, which cuts a swath through the middle of White City. Respondents said that the activity they approved of most in the park is hiking, followed closely by family activities, using a nature study trail, group activities and horseback riding.
But fewer than half of those surveyed, 49 percent, said they favored a golf course at the park. They rated amenities such as picnic tables, barbecue pits, outdoor grills and playground equipment higher.
Last year, Salt Lake County commissioners approved building a golf course in the 644-acre park, a controversial decision being fought by conservationists who claim the area is the last unspoiled wilderness in the valley.
Respondents also said they wanted more parks in White City, with 58 percent saying they support the use of tax money for smaller parks. They also said they supported the construction of a community center and a youth center.
Copies of the survey, accompanied by letters requesting funding for a youth center and the development of family activities in Dimple Dell, were sent by the council to the Salt Lake County Department of Parks and Recreation, Alexander said.
White City, which has about 10,000 residents, is bounded roughly by Seventh East and 13th East, and 94th South to 106th South. The residential community is about 37 years old.