Fruit Heights is a small city located south of Farmington and east of Kaysville, and it wants to stay that way - south of Farmington and east of Kaysville.
A recent survey of Fruit Heights residents indicated 63 percent do not want to be annexed into either of those cities. Seven percent indicated a desire to be part of Farmington while 26 percent said Kaysville.The survey - conducted by a University of Utah research group - was commissioned by the mayor and City Council after hearing renewed voices calling for the disincorporation of Fruit Heights.
"A small number of people in our community suggest we shouldn't be a city, that we should be annexed into Farmington or Kaysville" said Mayor Blaine Nelson. "They are very vocal and sometimes appear as the majority. But after this survey, it's becoming very clear that they are in the minority. . . . My response to those people is if they want to live in Kaysville, they should move to Kaysville."
Nelson sent a letter to all Fruit Heights residents a week before the survey was conducted, arguing why he believes Fruit Heights should remain Fruit Heights, but he doesn't believe the letter biased the results because a survey in 1986 yielded nearly the same results - 60 percent against disincorporation. Nelson believes annexation to Kaysville would reduce high property values in Fruit Heights and would lead to increased taxes.
The latest call for disincorporation, the mayor said, is largely the result of the city's announced intentions to move from its current city offices or renovate and expand them.
Nelson said the present location, at an old rented warehouse called the Rock Loft, is too small. The City Council chambers is only 500 square feet, severely limiting public attendence.
And the state court administrator's office recently warned the city that its justice of the peace offices do not meet statutory specifications. Fruit Heights cannot afford to lose the JP Court, Nelson said, because it generates $40,000 a year in general fund revenue.
The city has set aside about $190,000 to build a new building and could add another $60,000 in a year, Nelson said.
"We're not even going to consider annexation (to Kaysville or Farmington)," Nelson said. "We'll either build a new facility or acquire the Rock Loft and refurbish it."