Providence votes to keep current form of government

Residents of Providence listen to a panel of experts regarding the city manager ordinance during a recent meeting.

PROVIDENCE – After months of debating which form of government would best fit the needs of the city, Providence residents voted against adopting a new form of government that would give a city manager administrative duties.

As reported by Cache County Tuesday night, there were 1,160 votes against the ordinance but only 708 for.

That means that all administrative duties will stay with the mayor, who will still oversee city employees, enforce laws and manage all expenditures.

As cities grow and more departments are formed, the work load not only gets heavier, but it gets more complex. Some believed that having a city manager would benefit the city as it grows because of specialized expertise in government, something an elected mayor might not have, but others argued it wasn’t worth the cost.

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