Payson's new council members and mayor will assume their duties May 27.
"In opinion 2008-2, this office opined that the newly elected council members take office following the date of the general election. Town Code section 30.3 provides that the new council ‘assumes the duties of office at the regularly scheduled council meeting following the date of the general election,'" said a memorandum from the Town of Payson Legal Department.
The general election if needed would have been May 20.
A special budget meeting on May 27 is the first regularly scheduled council meeting following the general election, therefore that is the date new council members will assume their seats, said Sam Streichman, the town attorney. During the special budget meeting on May 27 the current council will have the opportunity to make final remarks before turning over the meeting to the new council.