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Big changes could be coming for Union Gap's city administration

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UNION GAP, Wash.-- Tuesday's election could bring some big changes for the City of Union Gap.

Voters are deciding whether to change the city's style of government, from a Strong Mayor, to a Council-Manager format, similar to Yakima.

Right now, Mayor Jim Lemon has control over all city departments and employees. But if Proposition One is approved, his power would essentially be stripped and a city manager would be appointed.

"Prop. 1 is necessary because we don't have any professional management and haven't had for a long time. We got a $20 million budget, we need professional people to be running that budget," said Councilman Dan Olson.

The majority of the city council supports the plan, but those against it say that it takes away voter's rights.

They also point out that 60% percent of local governments in the state function with a Strong Mayor. 

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