State licensing authorities have ordered a three-month suspension of a Holladay landscaping firm's license for failing to pay a subcontractor within 120 days, an order said.

According to the order issued by the state Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, Bill Voorhees Landscaping was paid $2,121 by a customer for concrete work done by Buller Construction Co.Voorhees delayed paying Buller Construction for 11 months, the order said. Voorhees told the state's Contractors Licensing Board he used the money to pay other expenses before paying Buller, the order said, which is customary in the construction trade.

"Despite (Voorhees') assertion as to prevailing practices in the construction industry, failure to comply with (the law) represents a serious departure from those standards which govern all contractors in the state," the board ruled, according to the order.

State law requires contractors to pay their bills within 120 days or face felony theft charges.

The division approved the board's recommendation to suspend Voorhees contractors license for three months, followed by a one-year probation.