Residents of three small rural communities in west Weber County decided to join them into one Tuesday, voting to incorporate as a town with about 3,500 people.
About 55 percent of registered voters in Kanesville, Taylor and Wilson cast ballots on the proposal. The vote to merge the three communities was 548 in favor and 312 opposed. The majority of the voters also favored a council-manager form of government for their new town.Voters will now go to the polls during the Nov. 6 general election to select a mayor and five City Council members. That council will then pick a name for Utah's newest city.
Mike Atkinson of Taylor vigorously campaigned for the plan, telling voters they should consolidate because officials of nearby Roy were getting ready to annex the area.
In May, Roy adopted an annexation boundary declaration that included portions of all three communities.
Atkinson was unavailable for comment Tuesday night but had said earlier he feared Roy wanted to annex to expand its tax base.
Residents of the new city are expected to pay about $54 more per year in taxes on a $100,000 home.