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Richard Piatt ReportingPeople in Holladay are voting in a rare mid-summer election today. The outcome of that vote could affect the political power structure in the three-and-a-half year old city.
It's turned into a conflict of personalities, but the bottom line is a lot of people aren't happy with they way decisions are made in the city.
This is a long-term worry about the power structure in Holladay. Around the area you can see signs urging people to either vote this proposal up or down.
Mayor Dennis Larkin has tried to stop this election. He sees it as a kind of recall vote for him personally. In fact, there are a lot of people who think this vote is too important to be rushed. But others say, beneath the surface in Holladay, there is division over the way the city is run that needs to be mended.
Ed Lunt, Holladay City Council: "One of the things we wanted when we incorporated was to become a city and a community. We've become a city, but we sure aren't a community. And I think it's because of the kind of government we have."
Dennis Larkin, Holladay Mayor: "I just feel this is totally unnecessary. If one of the council people is doing a bad job, if people feel the mayor is doing a bad job, then we have a very simple process and that's called an election."
People are voting about whether to limit the mayor's power--a big change to the city's government. If the change happens, the mayor would have a voice in decisions, but would not have veto power.