Revenue contributions from three of the agency's six entities fell this year, while three increased. The difference was due to changes in assessed valuations.
Bountiful's contribution fell by $8.420,West Bountiful's by $14,399, and Davis County's by $19,048. Centerville's rose by $4,670, North Salt Lake's by $26,252, and Woods Cross' by $10,472.
Alan Low, chief financial officer, said the capital improvement fund fell by $50,000, "but the main change was predicated on assessments, he said. and Davis County large drop reflected its smaller percentage of assessment overall, he explained.
The 2006 budget also managed to bring parity to the salaries of firefighters.
When the agency was formed earlier this year, it merged the Bountiful City Fire Department with the South Davis Fire District. Firefighters from the two departments were paid on differing pay scales with those in the South Davis Fire District being paid less than their Bountiful counterparts.
Board members had initially planned to bring the two departments into parity over several years, but then postponed some capital improvements to free funding for salaries and benefits, Sumner said -- something several board members believed was necessary to keep their trained employees with the agency.