WEST POINT -- The four candidates seeking the three council member seats at the Nov. 8 election said keeping West Point fiscally responsible is the No. 1 issue it is facing.
Mariah Robins, who is on the ballot, said she has withdrawn from the race.
Three of the remaining five are incumbents.
Bringing more retail into West Point is a goal of incumbent Jerry Chatterton, 60, owner of Mountain View Construction, Inc. Chatterton is running for his fourth term.
Currently, the city is analyzing its commercial codes and changing them in order to attract the "type of businesses and infrastructure that is desirable for our community," he said.
"We want West Point to be able to attract the type of businesses that will keep the hometown feel our city has," Chatterton said.
Chatterton said city officials are seeking good retailers to come into West Point so the sales tax dollars residents spend can stay in the city.
"The majority of our residents go out of town to spend their money because there is no business here," Chatterton said.
Chatterton said the right businesses can bring stability to the city's tax base.
Brogan Fullmer, 22, a contract administrator for the Department of Defense, is a life-long West Point resident. He said he sees growth management as the top issue the city is facing.
"The traditional standard of suburbia in the U.S. is not going to work with our economy, not in the future," Fullmer said.
Fullmer said city leaders need to plan multi-uses for its current land, so residents can "live, work, shop and play" in West Point.
"We commute everywhere," Fullmer said.
Fullmer said city leaders should look at the European models of how communities sustain themselves. Fullmer also pointed to the Gateway in Salt Lake City also as a model.
"The Gateway has tons of retail regular customers, because they have a supply of customers who literally live upstairs," Fullmer said. "Businesses are eager to be there because they have regular customers."
Jeremy Strong, 31, works as an office manager and in sales.
"The No. 1 issue for West Point is to increase our tax base through revenues from businesses," Strong said. "We don't have enough businesses (in West Point) and we need more."
Strong said the city should agree to tax breaks or offer incentives to bring businesses into West Point "because we're so far west."
By offering some type of incentive, it will make it "affordable for businesses to come that far west," Strong said.
He said the recent approval of the city council for a 7-Eleven at the corner of 300 North and 2000 West is a step in the right direction.
He would like to bring in strip malls to offset the revenue that has been lost due to fewer houses being built in West Point since the economy has turned.
Gary Peterson, a CPA who is a partner with Adams and Peterson CPAs, wants to bring fiscal responsibility to the city.
"What we intend to do is not raise taxes," said Peterson, 49, who is running for his third term.
"We need to live within our means and that means we have to do exceptional planning."
Peterson said city officials, along with council members are constantly reviewing the city's infrastructure, capital project plans for the sewer, roads, and parks in order "to make sure we have appropriate plans in place."
He does not see the current economy turning around any time soon, so he wants the city to have plans in place so it does not spend more funds than it receives.
He also wants to bring in businesses to West Point, and "welcome them when they are appropriate," Peterson said.
Roger Woodward, 53, a fleet manager with a trucking company, is seeking his fourth term.
He too wants to keep the city fiscally responsible.
"I propose to continue to monitor the budget and trim where we can," Woodward said. "We work really well as a city council."
Woodward said the city needs to bring in businesses so the point of origin sales tax stays in the city.
"But we need to be careful what retail comes in," Woodward said.
"We don't want to just bring in a bunch of square boxes, we need it be the right stuff and a little at a time," Woodward said.
Woodward said adding businesses to the city needs to be done gradually so the city is prepared.