SALT LAKE CITY — Voters will decide whether Millcreek Township will become a city now that the Salt Lake County Council has certified that backers collected enough valid signatures to place the question on the ballot this fall.

The County Council approved the matter Tuesday after the Salt Lake County Clerk's Office determined that among the 8,293 signatures submitted, 6,847 signatures were valid and other thresholds in state law had been met.

Millcreek has 51 voting precincts and backers needed signatures of 10 percent or more of the registered voters in 46 precincts to place the matter before voters. Backers met the mark in 48 voting precincts.

Millcreek Township encompasses the Millcreek, Canyon Rim, East Millcreek and Mount Olympus communities. 

If voters approve, the township would become the fifth-largest city in Salt Lake County. Approximately 64,000 people live in the area, which shares borders with Murray, South Salt Lake, Salt Lake City, Holladay, Taylorsville and a small portion of West Valley City.

Marjorie Cortez