FILE – A pedestrian walks by the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. Rep. Kim Coleman, R-West Jordan, isn’t giving up on legislation that would give communities an option to split and form their own county — legislation that was born from frustrations of some elected officials on Salt Lake County’s west side.
Silas Walker, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Rep. Kim Coleman, R-West Jordan, isn’t giving up on legislation that would give communities an option to split and form their own county — legislation that was born from frustrations of some elected officials on Salt Lake County’s west side.

Coleman on Wednesday made her case to the Political Subdivisions Interim Committee to bring back a new version of HB93, a bill that would allow communities to break off and form their own county with a petition and vote of residents without requiring a majority vote from the county they’d leave behind.

“There has been some pretty strong will on part of the county that I live in to consider a formation of a new county,” Coleman told the committee.

But that aside, Coleman said her main priority is to address what she viewed as a hole in state code that leaves counties out of a clear process for communities to choose their own destinies related to county government.

“It’s really antithetical to a core belief we have to self-direct our community governments,” Coleman said.

Her legislation would “mirror” the same process cities use to incorporate and require feasibility studies for both the new county and the county left behind.

After Coleman’s bill surfaced during this year’s session, some leaders in San Juan County began eying the bill after last year’s election gave the San Jan County Commission its first Native American elected officials, even though Navajos slightly …read more

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Utah lawmaker aims to bring back bill allowing counties to split

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