Residents Frustrated Over Straddling County Borders

Residents Frustrated Over Straddling County Borders

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Tonya Papanikolas ReportingSome people find it amusing to be able to stand in two states at the same time, but some Draper residents who live in two counties don't think there's anything special about straddling borders. In fact, they said it's a headache.

The SunCrest development on top of Traverse Ridge is partly in Salt Lake County, partly in Utah County. In fact, some homes lie on both sides. County leaders are trying to do something about that.

The development sits on top of a hill. Residents whose homes are in both counties have to pay taxes to both and face dilemmas when it comes to issues like where to vote.

The boundary is in Ann Mabeus' backyard. She says the biggest concern for her family is schools. Since she lives on the Salt Lake County side her kids are bused 10 miles away to school, while many Utah County schools are closer.

Ann Mabeus, Home Borders Two Counties: "You have to show proof of where you live, where you pay taxes and what county you're in. Otherwise you can't register your child in the elementary over there."

The Mabeus family jokes that their kids can hit a baseball out of the county. But jokes aside, they say their children will go to different schools than their friends next door.

The counties have been dealing with the boundary issue for years, but today county leaders are hearing public comments on the issue. They have proposed a boundary shift along major streets in the neighborhood instead of homes. Some say they don't like that the community will still be divided, but county leaders say state law doesn't let them move a boundary more than 1,000 feet.

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