Before adopting the final FY 2005-2006 budget, city fathers may add funding for Bountiful City to handle both police and fire dispatch. That could mean a big difference in where monies are allocated. Currently, Woods Cross police are dispatched through the Davis County Sheriff's Department, while fire calls are handled through Bountiful City. That arrangement took effect Jan. 1, 2005, when the South Davis Metro Fire Agency was formed from the Bountiful City Fire Depart-ment and the South Davis Fire District.
Eventually, all emergency calls will be handled through the Bountiful City dispatch center, but the Davis County Sheriff's Office has offered to continue dispatching Woods Cross and other south Davis County cities' police calls through 2006, according to Gary Uresk, Woods Cross city administrator.
When to make the switch took much of the council's time last week, but eventually, they instructed Uresk and his staff to adjust the budget to fund the new dispatch service.
Since that service was not included in the figures given council members last week, Uresk said the added expense may mean postponing some projects to move sufficient funds to pay for the service.
When Woods Cross begins using Bountiful's dispatch for all its emergency needs also depends on when Centerville, West Bountiful and North Salt cities decide to make the switch, since Bountiful has indicated it would like to bring all the cities on at the same time.
The city council set a June 7 date for a public hearing before approving the final budget. Council members will hold several work sessions in the interim to make final adjustments.
Expenditures in Woods Cross City's general fund are expected to decrease about 10 percent or $350,000 next year.
The drop in this year's expenditures comes mainly from the completion of the city hall parking lot expansion project, now underway.
While spending has de-creased, revenues have not increased as much as city administrators had hoped. In his budget message, city manager Gary Uresk told the mayor and council members that while sales tax revenue has increased slowly each year, since its 2003 low, he anticipates that fiscal year 2005-2006, will exceed FY 2004-2005's, although not by a large amount.