Incumbent mayor of West Bountiful to run unopposed

Oct 2 2013 - 12:36pm

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West Bountiful Mayor Ken Romney
West Bountiful Mayor Ken Romney

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Standard-Examiner will run a series of municipal election previews prior to the Nov. 5 election date.

WEST BOUNTIFUL -- The field for mayor and city council thinned since the primary election in August. Those candidates who remain have different ideas about how the city should move forward on issues such the budget and infrastructure.

Mayoral candidate Bill Ingles, who made it through the primaries, officially withdrew from the race the day after, citing health issues as the reason for dropping out.

"I had the opportunity to say what I thought should be said," Ingles said.

He still feels that the now uncontested Mayor Ken Romney should look for ways to increase the city's revenue without resorting to tax hikes.

Romney said although it's good to have debate and discussion with different candidates, an uncontested race means he can continue looking forward and plan his next term.

One of his goals is to see through a 20-year plan to improve the city's aging infrastructure.

In the city council race incumbent Dave Tovey announced his withdrawal from the race and will finish out his term before leaving the council for personal reasons.

The other incumbent in the race, Mark Preece, said he wants to continue growing the local economy and is confident the city will continue to grow its revenue, especially now that the city-owned Lakeside Golf Course is completely paid off.

With Tovey leaving, that leaves two available council seats for three candidates, two of whom are newcomers.

Semi-retired business owner Kelly Enquist said water and air quality are the top priorities for him. If elected, he wants to push the installation of an air quality monitoring station in the city to ensure that students at West Bountiful Elementary School are breathing safe air.

Enquist said he'd also like to see more accountability and transparency in the city government.

"If elected, I'd really like to monitor that property tax increase -- we need to make sure it's designated for our roads," Enquist said, referring to the recent tax increase for infrastructure maintenance.

IT worker Alan Malan said he would have a more critical eye when it comes to expenditures.

The golf course shouldn't be treated like a public park since it benefits customers more than residents and its expenses need to be scrutinized, he said.

"Tax dollars should be spent on all citizens," Malan said.

Another issue he feels needs more attention is the city's water supply and the need for a working well.

Election night is Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Contact reporter Andreas Rivera at 801-625-4227, arivera@standard.net. Follow on Twitter @SE_Andreas.

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