The movement for Sundance's proposed secession from unincorporated Utah County died almost as quietly, and as soon, as it was born.

Some Provo Canyon residents, including Brigham Young University computer science professor Robert Burton, approached Sun-dance Resort officials with the idea of incorporating the general area as a town. Burton and some BYU students surveyed residents about satisfaction with services they receive from the county and did cost comparisons based on those conclusions.Services to Sundance and the canyon are provided through Utah County government by the North Fork Special Service District and other service districts that cover unincorporated areas of the county.

Burton said his studies found residents are most concerned about the cost and extent of services from Utah County.

"Because it is covered by the North Fork Special Service District and one of the other service districts, we're actually paying twice for fire protection," he said. "As you can guess, the tax rate is not very popular around here."

At the same time, though, residents didn't seem too enthusiastic about taking on the headaches involved in forming a new community, said Bob Donahue, head of the North Fork Property Owners Council.

"Basically, we don't have the tax base here to allow us to go out on our own. Instead, we're going to try to work with the county to see if we can get some kind of new arrangement worked out," Donahue said. "But the incorporation idea is basically dead. It's nothing we're going to spend any more time on, but who knows, it may come up again sometime down the road."

Utah County Commission Chairman Gary Herbert said county officials haven't taken a stand on the issue. Instead, they provided facts and figures for residents and let them make up their own minds.

However, the commissioner, who represents canyon residents, said he didn't believe the idea would be met "with any real measure of support."

"All indications to me are that the vast majority of residents like things the way they are now," Herbert said.

Since it has fewer than 800 residents, an incorporated Sundance would be a town rather than a city. State law requires cities to have more than 800 residents. Towns must have 100 to 800 residents.

Unlike incorporations for cities, state law does not require a vote by residents. Instead, residents seeking incorporation as a town must file a petition for that purpose, with the signatures of a majority of registered voters in the area, at the county offices. The county's governing body then must approve or reject that petition, and upon approval, residents must file articles of incorporation to complete the process.

The incorporation discussion is not the first in Utah County in the past year. Both the West Mountain and Spring Lake areas near Pay-son toyed with the idea.