Utah County to put mayor-council issue on ballot

Utah County has been more expedient than Grand in placing a ballot measure before voters to change its form of government. The plan, if approved by voters, would go into effect Jan. 2, 2023.

On Tuesday, Jan. 7, Utah County commissioners approved a resolution and proposal for a Mayor-Council form of government. The plan will be on the Nov. 3 ballot for Utah County voters to decide on, according to a press release from Utah County public information officials.

The new form of government plan establishes an elected county executive in the form of a county mayor and five elected county council members from respective geographical districts. The vote passed 2-1.

“This proposal provides for checks and balances, separation of powers, and also costs the taxpayers less for better representation,“ said Commissioner Nathan Ivie. Commissioner Bill Lee disageed: “In evaluating different forms of government over the past year, I have found that Utah County citizens want to see government kept small.”