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Kaysville City Council issues censure letter for Mayor Katie Witt over her push for public concert amid pandemic

This article originally appeared in the Deseret News. Read it in its entirety here.

KAYSVILLE — The Kaysville City Council released a letter of censure Wednesday aimed at Mayor Katie Witt expressing deep concerns for her support of a public concert despite health directives and asking her to resign.

The letter is on the agenda for Thursday’s City Council meeting, when the censure will be put to a vote.

Witt came under fire for her support and approval of a concert that was scheduled for a public park in Kaysville amid the COVID-19 pandemic and under “yellow” risk restrictions issued by the state.

“This letter accompanies your formal censure for your support and endorsement of the proposed Utah Business Revival protest concert which went against Kaysville City event planning and permitting processes as well as the Davis County and Utah Governor’s health directives,” the council said in its letter. “Our residents have spoken through hundreds of emails as well as public comments made at the May 21, 2020, City Council meeting, which we feel have been sufficient representation from our constituents.”

The letter also states that, while Witt didn’t misuse funds, she did “misuse the time, energy, and trust of the city staff and your council.”

It said that if the concert had proceeded, it would have used public money to pay employees overtime, clean up the park and bring liability to the city.

Kaysville residents and the Alliance for a Better Utah called for Witt’s censure and resignation shortly after she announced plans for the concert.

The concert subsequently tried to move to Tooele, but it faced opposition from the county. Days before the concert was scheduled to happen, the Tooele County Health Department issued a notice of closure to the venue, and a 3rd District judge issued an injunction against the venue, restraining it from holding the event. It is now scheduled to take place later this month in unincorporated Iron County.

This article originally appeared in the Deseret News. Read it in its entirety here.

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