SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Highland residents will not have the option of shopping on Sunday after Proposition 6 was defeated 54.3 percent to 45.7 percent.
In July, the city council passed an ordinance allowing businesses to open on Sunday. It was a reversal of a policy that had been in place for years where Sunday closures were enforced.
After the council vote, which elected officials said was necessary to bring the issue on the ballot, residents gathered more than 2,000 signatures to force the issue onto the ballot.
Elected officials said they made the move to allow Sunday sales because it would provide new sales tax revenue to the city, which has been struggling to balance its budget.
This proposition has passionate advocates on both sides. Those in favor said it would create more jobs and bring in large national chains. Those who opposed, said that the community has the right to establish values and considered the Sunday closure a traditional value.