Hoping to avoid future annexation into Midvale, Murray or Sandy, a group of residents in the Union area proposes it become an independent city.

They have been trying to garner the 1,000 signatures required by Salt Lake County to conduct a feasibility study, said organizer Allen Howard. The study would determine if there is a large enough tax base for a new city to operate."We believe we would have a very strong tax base," said Howard, president of the Union Community Council. "Stronger than Bluffdale, Riverton and Draper. That's why the other entities want to take over the area."

The Family Center Shopping Center and other commercial and retail businesses make Union attractive to cities wishing to improve their own tax base.

"We think the Union area should be represented instead of having our funding given to other cities," Howard said.

If the feasibility study were favorable, the incorporation issue would be put on a ballot for area voters.

Union includes the area between State Street and Highland Drive and between I-215 and 78th South. Within that area, the new city would have a population of about 22,000, according to county statistics.

Sandy has been interested in annexing the Union area so it can match its boundaries with its service area. For almost two decades Union has been serviced by a water system owned by the neighboring city.

Sandy officials say if Union becomes a city, it will have to purchase its waterlines from Sandy.

"Union would have to provide service to their own people. That's the whole point of having a city," said Sandy City Planner George Shaw.