In one of his last actions before leaving office, Cache County Executive Bruce King has vetoed the county's portion of funding for the Bear River Association of Governments.
King said he believes the $9,520 is needed elsewhere. He also complained administrative costs of the council of government, which seeks and oversees federal grants for Cache, Box Elder and Rich counties, are too high.The seven-member Cache County Council voted last month to appropriate $12,000 to fund BRAG.
Now, with three new council members taking office at the next regular meeting Tuesday, council chairwoman Ann Skancky is concerned whether the council will be able to muster the five votes needed to override King's veto.
"It is hard to say whether those three individuals will know enough about the issue to cast a vote either way," she said.
King allowed an expenditure of $2,480 to go to the council as matching county funds to keep a federal grant for senior citizen programs in place.
King, who for 12 years was BRAG executive director before running for county executive, said he vetoed the appropriation because the money is needed elsewhere.
In particular, he said Cache County employees have had no raises last year and only two percent a year for the two previous years. During that time, BRAG employees have had raises of at least six percent a year.
"The disparity which has accumulated over these years is unfair, has created poor morale and should be reversed in 1991," he said.
Allen declined to comment on King's action.
King also said BRAG has been unresponsive to concerns, including cuts of several thousand dollars earmarked for senior citizen programs. During the same time, he said, BRAG administrative salaries have increased dramatically.