FARMINGTON – The Davis County Commission approved its 2013 budget of $101.6 million during its Tuesday meeting.
No property tax hike is included in the budget, which is up by 3.9 percent from this year’s due to growth in tax revenues and fees.
However, there are the equivalent of 15 fewer full-time employees, continuing a trend of “a relatively flat budget over the last four years,” said County Commission Chairman Bret Millburn.
All county employees except elected officials will receive a 1 percent pay hike as a part of the budget, which becomes effective Jan. 1, 2013.
Three people questioned discontinuation of the county’s I&M (inspection and maintenance) facility in Kaysville at the end of the year at the meeting. Millburn reiterated that state law mandating inspections was changing, and that less funding is available. That made it hard financially for the county to justify the facility. Impacted employees are being offered other county jobs or being assisted in finding work, he said.
The county budget, including a library levy, accounts for about 20 percent of the average homeowner’s property tax bill, explanatory material provided at the hearing said. It noted that flood control projects should all be completed next year, using $27 million in bonding.
The transformation of the county block, which includes a new County Administration Building, is being financed through $19.1 million in Economic Recovery Zone bonds. At 3.01 percent interest, they are due to be paid off in 28 years.