Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

June 25, 2013
New budget OK’d by Tooele Council

Budget holds the line on taxes and fees 

A $44.2 million budget that holds the line on taxes and fees has been approved by the Tooele City Council and takes effect July 1.

At last Wednesday’s council meeting, a public hearing on the city’s proposed 2013-14 budget received no comments from citizens. But Mayor Patrick Dunlavy took the opportunity to explain the new budget’s highlights to the council and audience.

“The budget has no tax increase and no increase in fees,” he said. “We have not and will not raise taxes.”

The new budget includes a 2 percent cost of living increase for employees, but none for elected officials.

Just like the preliminary budget that was proposed on June 5, the final budget includes $7.7 million in expenditures.  A project to extend Tooele Boulevard from 200 South to 700 South is part of those expenditures.

Tooele Boulevard is the city’s “Educational Corridor” where Utah State University’s Tooele Regional Campus, Tooele Applied Technology College, and the Community Learning Center are located.

Mayor Dunlavy said yesterday the extension of Tooele Boulevard will be completed by the end of summer or early fall.

Expenditures also include giving Utah Avenue a fresh layer of asphalt from the stoplight at Main Street to the railroad tracks, and the completion of two new wells. The first well is in the Pine Canyon area and the second at the old Bit ‘n Spur rodeo grounds.

Funds for extending Tooele Boulevard include a $2.5 million grant from the Utah Department of Transportation. Class C road funds totaling $5.1 million from gasoline tax will be used to pay for new asphalt overlay on Utah Avenue, 1100 West from Vine Street to Utah Avenue, and other road improvement projects throughout the city.

Total projected general fund expenses for the next fiscal year total $13.9 million, and include $3.5 million for general government; $3.4 million for parks, recreation and public property; $4.5 million for public safety; $1.7 million for highways; $661,000 for community and economic development; and $128,000 for miscellaneous.

Remaining non general fund expenses include $7.2 million for water; $5.5 million for capital projects; $5.2 million for roads; $3.8 million for sewer; $2.3 million for RDA; $1.8 million for debt service; $1.4 million for garbage; $770,000 for public safety capital projects; $712,000 for storm drains; $383,000 for parks, arts and recreation; $355,000 for parks capital projects; and $918,000 for other or miscellaneous.

Total projected revenue for the next fiscal year is $19.1 million. Of that revenue, approximately $9.5 million are from sales and property taxes. The rest is from state and federal income, licenses, permits, service fees, fines and fund transfers.

Editor’s note: A story on the city’s tentative 2013-14 budget that was published on June 13 incorrectly listed the budget total at $41.9 million instead of $44.2 million. The error resulted from a misinterpretation of the city’s enterprise fund.

David Bern

Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
David Bern is editor of the Tooele Transcript-Bulletin. The 54-year-old journalist began his career with the Transcript-Bulletin as an intern reporter from Utah State University in 1983. He joined the newsroom full time that same year after completing his internship and graduating from USU with a degree in journalism. In 1989 he became editor and served in that capacity for six years. Under his leadership, he guided the newspaper to numerous awards for journalism excellence. After briefly stepping away from the newspaper in 1995, he returned in 1996 to start Transcript Bulletin Publishing’s Corporate and Custom Publishing Division. In that capacity he served as a writer, photographer and editor for 17 years. During that time he created a variety of print and digital communication materials, including brochures, magazines, books and websites. Bern returned to serve as editor of the newspaper in January 2013.

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