OFFICE OF THE CITY CLERK
Ballot Issues to be Voted on During the 2017 General Election
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8000 S. Redwood Road
West Jordan, UT 84088
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At the August 9 City Council meeting, the West Jordan City Council approved Resolution 17-163, a ballot measure that would, if approved by voters, allow for a change in the city’s form of government. If approved, the city’s current council-manager form of government would be changed to a council-mayor form of government.
The City Council also approved Resolution 17-164, a ballot measure that would allow residents the opportunity to vote on a general obligation bond that would, if approved by voters, fund a new Aquatic and Recreation Center.
Both ballot measures will be on the ballot for the November 7, 2017, General Election. Every household will receive a Voter Information Pamphlet by October 25, 2017.
Voter Information Pamphlet "For" and "Against" Contributors
In advance of the November 7, 2017, General Election, a Voter Information Pamphlet, presenting “For” and “Against” statements for each issue, needs to be prepared. The City is looking for interested individuals to work together to prepare these statements. Interested individuals should email the City Clerk by Friday, September 1st at 3:30 p.m. Please include which statement you’d like to prepare, your name, residential address, mailing address (if different) and phone number. The City Clerk will designate up to five sponsors to prepare the “For” position and up to five sponsors to prepare the “Against” position for each issue.
Change of Government Ballot Proposal
The City Council recently passed Resolutions to place two different questions on the Nov. 7 General
Election ballot. Registered voters of the City of West Jordan will be able to vote “yes” or “no” on each
issue. A majority vote of those voting will decide the result for each question.
The first question the Council has placed on the ballot for consideration is about the proposed change
in the City’s form of government. This ballot question will read as follows:
“Shall the City of West Jordan, Utah, change its form of government to the Council-Mayor Form, with a
The City currently has a Council-Manager form of government. This form of government consists of a seven-member City Council (one of the members being the Mayor) and a chief executive officer, called a City Manager, who is appointed by a majority of the City Council. The Mayor and two of the Council members are elected at large and the other four Council members are elected by districts (one member from each district).
The proposal, if approved, would become effective two years later, after the November 5, 2019, general election. The proposal is for a Council-Mayor form of government with separate branches of government. The Mayor would not be a member of the council but would be the head of the executive/administrative branch. The Mayor would appoint a chief administrative officer to assist him/her. The seven-member City Council (one of which is a chairman, elected by the others) would be the head of the legislative branch. The Mayor and three of the Council members would be elected at large and the other four Council members would be elected by districts (one member from each district). The Council boundaries would be the same as in the current form of government.
If the proposal fails on the ballot (because a majority of voters vote against it), then a similar proposal may not appear on the ballot for the next four years. If the proposal passes on the ballot (because a majority of voters vote in favor of it), then no new proposal to change the form of government may appear on the ballot for the next four years.
If the proposal passes, then the new form of government would not go into effect for two years. The at large Council members could “hold over” or continue on into the new Council-Mayor form of government. The Mayor, an additional at large Council member, and all four district Council members in the new form of government would be elected at the November 5, 2019, general election. The new form of government would then officially start the beginning of January 2020.
Aquatic & Recreation Center General Obligation Bond
The second question to be placed on the ballot for consideration is a general obligation bond that would be used to pay for the construction of a recreation center. The bond would be for $46 million dollars to be paid off over 30 years. The money would be used to build a rec center similar to the Provo Rec Center here in the Ron Wood Baseball Complex at 5900 W. New Bingham Highway. If the bonds are issued, a property tax sufficient to pay debt service on the bonds will be required over a period of 30 years in the estimated amount of $54.51 per year on a $245,100 primary residence and in the estimated amount of $99.12 per year on a business or secondary residence having the same value. More Information