Salt Lake County residents can comment on the county's 1989 tentative budget during a pubic hearing on Friday at 5:30 p.m. in the County Commission chambers.
The $228 million tentative spending plan holds 1989 county expenditures some $4 million under this year's $232 million figure, and calls for no increase in county property tax rates.With next year's property tax revenues projected to be the same as 1988, county services will show little or no growth in 1989. County highway services are expected to shrink next year because of budget tightening, but county commissioners have said the public won't notice the change.
The budget provides a $4 million wage and benefit increase package for employees and includes another $1 million to pay for beginning work on a new 350-bed jail for misdemeanor offenders and for remodeling of the Metropolitan Hall of Justice to provide 100 new jail beds for low-risk inmates.
Commissioners will likely call a special bond election next year to ask voters to approve a $10 million general obligation bond issue and tax increase to repay the bonds. Commissioners consider this the cheapest way to finance the jail project.
The commission chambers are located on the first floor of the north building, County Government Center, 2001 S. State.