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BY TOM BUSSELBERG

Associate Editor

FARMINGTON —  If all goes as planned, property owners won’t see a tax increase from Davis County government anytime soon.

“There is not going to be a property tax increase or increase in spending this year,” said County Commissioner Chair John Petroff. “It’s pretty much a flat budget.”

The budget “will be really close” in terms of expenditures and revenues to the current budget, said Clerk/Auditor Steve Rawlings.

“I see a budget tracking very closely in dollars to 2013,” he said.

This year’s budget is $101.6 million.

“I think most all of the departments recognize that the operations and staffing need to remain constant, that we need to continue to look for ways to reduce expenditures,” Rawlings said.  

County employee numbers are expected to stay constant at about 890 full-time equivalent positions, Rawlings said.

“It’s pretty much a flat budget,” Petroff said. “We will just keep providing the services like we have been.”

  The county commission will start budget meetings to review each department’s budget. These will start Oct. 1 and conclude Oct. 25 and be held in the County Administration Building, 61 S. Main Street, in Farmington.

Only two sessions will tentatively be closed to the public, on Oct. 21 and Oct. 23, to deal with personnel matters, as allowed under the Utah Open Meetings provisions.

The final budget hearing has tentatively been set for Dec. 3. The budget is expected to be available for public review by Nov. 22

The county’s fiscal year coincides with the calendar year.

 Construction of a new Kaysville Branch next year will have no impact on the general budget, Rawlings said. The library operates under a separate tax levy.

“Money has been accumulated to pay for that,” he said.

tbusselberg@davisclipper.com
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