West Valley City
is Utah's second largest city. On 26 February 1980 an incorporation
vote was held for an unincorporated section of western Salt Lake County.
By a scant ninety-vote margin incorporation as West Valley City was
approved for portions of Granger, Hunter, and Chesterfield. Almost immediately
a petition drive was started for a disincorporation vote. In May, petitions
signed by 7,787 residents were filed with the Salt Lake County Clerk
and a disincorporation vote was scheduled for 8 July, seven days after
the city was scheduled to go into operation. Since the name West Valley
City was seen as too cumbersome, a seven member committee was appointed
to select a name for the new city. The Committee's choice of "Oquirrh
City" was determined to be more awkward and it was decided to retain
the original name of West Valley City.
On 1 July 1980
the city's new officials were sworn in, with Henry H. Price as mayor
and Renee W. MacKay and Jerry L. Wagstaff as city commissioners. West
Valley City was begun with no money, with borrowed equipment and personnel,
and housed in a converted warehouse; in addition, it faced a disincorporation
vote within a week. Since no financial institution would lend the new
city funds, city officials were forced to pay for gasoline for the city's
police cars with personal funds. On 8 July, the disincorporation vote
failed by a margin of over 2,500 votes.