A group of elected officials and business leaders from the valley's west side pleaded again this week with Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. to call a special session of the Legislature to delay the Jordan School District split.

But the governor is still waiting for lawmakers to come up with a proposal they can agree on to deal with the concerns surrounding the split before he'll call a special session, his spokeswoman, Lisa Roskelley, said Thursday.

"It's an important issue, but we would need legislative consensus before a special session would be appropriate," Roskelley said.

Senate Republicans tried and failed to reach any kind of agreement on the issue during their last caucus in mid-June, according to Senate President John Valentine, R-Orem. Valentine said a wide range of options were considered during the closed-door caucus.

The west side group that met with Huntsman on Wednesday presented him with a signed petition and information they said showed the imbalance in enrollment, building needs and taxable property values between the districts created by the split.

"The numbers are higher, and the gulf is greater than anyone anticipated," South Jordan Mayor Kent Money said. "I don't know how we pay what the east side requires, build the schools we need, and still fund the education our students need."

Sen. Mike Waddoups, R-Taylorsville, said more time is needed. "The current process will become a template for future school district splits statewide," Waddoups said. "All we're asking is time to measure twice and cut once."


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