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Bountiful budget has no tax hike; some fees to increase
by TOM BUSSELBERG
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Bountiful City Hall - Louise R. Shaw | Davis Clipper
Bountiful City Hall - Louise R. Shaw | Davis Clipper
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BOUNTIFUL — Homeowners in Bountiful won’t see any tax hike this year.

The tentative budget, which was due to be approved by the city council Tuesday night, included no property tax hike.

It does include a storm water fee increase of $1 for each residence. Also included are the cemetery fee hikes approved early this year and water fees adopted last year.

City employees will get a 2 percent cost-of-living adjustment. Merit increases will also be available for “those eligible.”

The budget includes employee medical insurance increases of 12 percent, City Manager Gary Hill said. 

Other highlights include proposed hiring of an architect for park design and public involvement work; purchase of city hall audio visual equipment, roof repair, parking lot improvements, executive office paint, carpet and furnishings.

A study is also planned to determine salaries for all positions within the city, Hill said.

The city’s revenues are projected to increase 7.8 percent when comparing estimated revenues from this year and 2015, he said. Biggest reason for this are the capital fund and power fund resulting from increased transfers from reserves for upcoming projects.

Meanwhile, citywide expenses are projected to increase only 1.5 percent.

General funds will expected to grow 5.3 percent, due mostly to more sales tax revenue. Expenditures in the general funds category are increasing 7.2 percent due to more streets department projects. The police department is projected to add one full-time dispatcher and one part-time administrative staff person, Hill said.

The city’s general fund is set at $17,216,600. That’s an increase of $861,74, or 5.3 percent, from the current budget year, which ends June 30.

The capital fund is projected to grow by 70.8 percent, to $1,636,509.

The tentative budget is available for inspection at the city manager’s office. A public hearing on the final budget is June 10 during the 7 p.m. city council meeting. 

 

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