Bluff interested in creating a municipality
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San Juan County’s first community may become its newest city as another effort has begun to seek incorporation for Bluff.

A meeting on June 21 brought together a diverse group of community members to explore the possibility.

Six working committees were formed to investigate various aspects of the process.

They include a map committee, a feasibility committee, an enVision committee, a website committee, a petition committee, and a voter committee. A total of 24 community members volunteered to participate on the various committees.

The San Juan County Special Service District Number 1 currently provides local government services for Bluff.

An overriding concern expressed in the meeting is the impact on property taxes if the community is incorporated. Supporters hope to be able to offer municipal services in Bluff without tax increases.

Bluff has several hundred residents. Supporters state that of the 243 incorporated towns in Utah, 68 have less than 500 residents, with ten having fewer than 150. Scofield, with a year-round population of 26, is the smallest municipality in Utah.

If incorporated, Bluff would be eligible for Resort Community status, which provides the opportunity to raise funds through an additional sales tax.

Bluff has investigated the possible incorporation of the town several times in the past and has briefly been a municipality.
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