A change order that will save the county almost $15,000 in sales tax on kitchen equipment for its new jail was approved this week by the Davis County Commission.

And, citing the lateness of the season and uncertainty of availability of water, the commissioners decided to put off landscaping and sodding the new jail site.The commission approved removing the purchase of the jail's kitchen equipment from the contract of Layton Construction Co., which is building the $18.5 million justice complex.

By purchasing the $250,000 worth of kitchen equipment itself and using its tax-exempt statuts, the county will save around $15,000 in sales taxes, construction superintendent Joe Rhoads advised the commission.

The county has used its tax-exempt status to purchase most of the material and supplies going into the complex, a move that will save up to $500,000 on the facility's construction cost.

Rhoads also recommended that landscaping and sodding on the site be deferred this fall. There is still heavy truck traffic in and out of the site, parking lots and streets need to be paved, and the supply of irrigation water is uncertain because of a current drought, Rhoads said.

The commissioners agreed, approving the change order and exercising the county's option to defer landscaping.