They are replacing Roy Johnson, Don Lilyquist and Jeff Tingey whose responsibilities included the Legacy Highway and Transportation; Holly Corp Committee Planning along with Emergency Preparedness, Community Area Emergency Response; City Disaster Plan, and for Planning and Zoning and Public Works, respectively.
It is unknown whether these responsibilities will be given to the new members.
All three of the new council members voiced their opinion about the RAP tax, which failed to pass by a single vote in West Bountiful, showing sides of support for the arts, as well as similar opinions about whether a recount should take place.
Kenneth Romney works in commercial construction full time as well as becoming one of the city council members. His support of the arts is self substantiated by purchasing tickets for numerous events around Utah.
"I do support the arts, and I would support a recount if I had the choice," said Romney about the failed RAP tax proposal, "however, senior citizens have voiced concern over the tax increase. We need to be careful about what we do with the public's money."
Valerie Shaw is a principal at Alta View Elementary School and had a similar yet different viewpoint on the RAP tax. However, she did not mention which way she would vote given the opportunity.
"I'm disappointed that the RAP tax didn't pass," voiced Shaw, "I think we've bypassed the opportunity to expand and learn from the arts. This would have been good for the proximate cities to be more involved in the arts."
James Bruhn, a freelance handyman by trade, shared opposing thoughts about the RAP tax, stating he would support a recount, but not a raise in the taxes to fund the program.
"I don't have a problem with a recount, and I do support the arts," said Bruhn. "However, I did vote against raising the tax to support the arts. I don't believe we should have to raise taxes to support this if there is enough support from the people already."
If they were to hold their seats on the city council, there would be enough votes to finalize a recount, which the Mayor is opposed to. Mayor Behunin stated he strongly opposes a recount for the sole reason that it would cost more money to do so.
"The votes should stay as is," said Behunin. "We shouldn't have to spend more money on a matter that has already been voted on."
They do not hold a vote on the recount because they will not assume their positions until January.