As he prepares to leave office, Mayor Palmer DePaulis wants Salt Lake City to tighten its belt another notch - an effort to keep residents from having to pay more.

But his final proposed budget, released Tuesday, calls on city residents to pay more - $36 per year in new storm-drain fees and a couple of dollars more in property taxes. Both increases are the result of other governments imposing requirements on the city, DePaulis said.The storm-drain fee will allow the city to prepare for new federal rules that require cities to clean the water that runs through the streets after a storm.

The slight property-tax increase is the result of a complicated new tax formula the state Legislature passed in an effort to shift the heaviest tax burdens from large companies to small businesses.

But the proposed budget - which the City Council will consider in a public hearing May 14 before it adopts a final version - also cuts programs. School crossing guards will be reduced by 18, and those who remain won't be allowed benefits. Snow removal will take longer. Telephone trunk lines will be reduced, meaning more busy signals even when the person you're calling isn't on the phone.

DePaulis, who has announced he won't seek re-election this year and may run for governor, said the cuts shouldn't inconvenience city residents. "We've tried to make things more efficient," he said.

The crossing-guard cuts are likely to lead to the loudest objections. DePaulis vows that none will be fired. The 18 cuts will come through not replacing most of the 20 or so guards who quit each year.

"In the past, if the PTA, parents or the City Council said we needed a crossing guard anywhere, we did it to avoid the political pressure," DePaulis said. "We can't do that anymore."

He said 18 crossings do not meet minimum standards - they are used by few children and pose little risk of accidents.

"People always tell us to cut someone else's program, but this is one that's not working efficiently," the mayor said. "We will not compromise the safety of children."

The guards also will be paid a strict hourly rate of $7.08. Under the old system, the guards were paid a daily rate of $22, even if they worked only an hour.

DePaulis hopes the city will save about $200,000 from the crossing-guard changes.

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Salt Lake City budget proposal

1991-92 proposal 1990-91

EXPENDITURES:

General fund $ 87.18 million $ 86.3 million

Other funds 179.2 million 182.7 million

YOU PAY:

Average property tax* $215.23 $211.32

Tax/fee hikes New $3 per month drainage fee

REVENUE SOURCES:

Property taxes $28.1 million $27.7 million

Sales taxes 22.3 million 21.9 million

Utility taxes 13.2 million 13.7 million

*Tax rate of .0043 on $75,000 home. The tax rate is preliminary and may change when the county releases its certified rate.

Salt Lake City budget proposal

1991-92 proposal 1990-91

EXPENDITURES:

General fund $ 87.18 million $ 86.3 million

Other funds 179.2 million 182.7 million

YOU PAY:

Average property tax* $215.23 $211.32

Tax/fee hikes New $3 per month drainage fee

REVENUE SOURCES:

Property taxes $28.1 million $27.7 million

Sales taxes 22.3 million 21.9 million

Utility taxes 13.2 million 13.7 million

*Tax rate of .0043 on $75,000 home. The tax rate is preliminary and may change when the county releases its certified rate.