FARMINGTON — After years of planning and millions of dollars in taxpayer funding, Davis residents and their elected officials have a new home for public meetings.
The Davis County Commission conducted its first regular meeting in new chambers on the third floor of the new county administration building at 61 S. Main Street in Farmington on Tuesday.
“This move has taken weeks (and isn’t over for every department),” said County Commissioner John Petroff. “It’s been amazing to watch our staff and how each department worked.”
County officials have taken advantage of some “unique opportunities” to make the building possible, he said..
Those include what County Clerk Steve Rawlings called “lowest rate ever” bonds, combined with other savings.
“The departments saved money from their capital projects,” Rawlings said, justifying the debt taken on to pay for the new structure.
Combined with low bonding and construction costs, savings by individual departments made it possible to build the health building in Clearfield and the adjacent North Davis Senior Activity Center, virtually simultaneously.
“It wasn’t necessary to bond for the whole thing,” Rawlings said of the administration building.
Sufficient money is available in the capital projects to make regular bond payments, he added.
No property tax hike was necessary for any of the construction, the clerk emphasized.
The new building has catapulted the county into the 21st Century, with sufficient space that will meet buildout demands. The Davis County population is expected to reach 400,000, Petroff said.
“This building reflects Davis County,” Commissioner Louenda Downs said. “This building is affordable. It’s nice, but probably has the smallest commission chambers” of a major county.
“It is filled with windows” to bring in the light and its walls will soon be covered with artwork by local artists, she said.
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