The City-County Health Department Board approved a $3.6 million budget Monday that now must pass muster with Utah County commissioners.

It represents about a 10 percent increase over last year's $3.25 million budget.The budget includes an average merit increase of 3.1 percent for the department's 100 employees, according to Dr. Joseph K. Miner, health department director. Miner will meet with the County Commission Monday to review the proposed budget. The public will have the opportunity to comment on the health department budget, as well as those of all other county departments, at a budget hearing scheduled Dec. 12.

Most of the department's funding - $2.23 million - is generated through contracts and fees. The remaining $1.38 million in the department's budget will come from tax revenues.

The largest increase in the health department budget - 18 percent - is in the environmental health services division, which must buy equipment for a diesel inspection and maintenance facility.