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THE COTTONWOODS WON’T BE ON BALLOT

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Citing the potential loss of revenues from the Cottonwood Mall, Salt Lake County commissioners unanimously declined to schedule a vote on the incorporation of The Cottonwoods.

In a prepared joint statement of the commission, Chairman Jim Bradley said a petition that excluded the mall or that expanded the population base of the proposed city to the entire Holladay area would be acceptable.The loss of the tax-rich mall would be detrimental to the rest of the unincorporated county, Bradley said. Also, the commissioners argued that the proposed new city wouldn't need the mall to be economically viable if it had a franchise tax like other cities.

Incoporation organizer Trisha Topham was "absolutely stunned" by the commission's decision, saying the commissioners have promised repeatedly not to stand in the way of an election. She said the organizers will probably take legal steps to force a vote.

Last week, the commission voted to schedule a vote for the proposed Union incorporation, which Topham said would have bascially the same impact on the county as The Cottonwoods.