Riding the austerity wave, the Sanpete County Commission wants to spend about $65,000 less in the fiscal year that begins on Jan. 1 than it spent this year.
This year's expenditures have totaled $3,061,226. The 1989 budget sets a spending limit of $2,995,229. The cutbacks were general - less for county roads, for the clerk, the attorney, the recorder and other officers and for the county fair.In fact, nearly all the reductions will come in general fund accounts, with a couple of minor exceptions.
There will be some increases; $37,000 more for economic development and tourism, with the commission hoping the extra, plus grant money, will provide for the establishment of a full-time economic development office; $11,210 more (for a total of $50,000) to be applied on the purchase price of land for the state regional prison now under construction in Gunnison; $5,000 more for senior citizens, and $125,000 more in Class "B" road money.
The cutbacks will require no reductions in the number of regular full-time employees, but employees won't get raises. They will, however, cost the taxpayers a little more because of the increases of around 15 to 20 percent in health and safety insurance premiums.
The county will hire fewer part-time workers.
It will contribute $23,000 to the cost of operating the state bookmobile and $4,250 to the operator of the television booster station. It will also spend $159,452 on the county jail, but much of that money will come back to the county in the form of reimbursement for housing state prisoners.
Public safety will call for the greatest expenditure overall, $646,714, after general government and roads, in the new budget.
The property tax rate will stay the same, but the assessed valuation will go up around $2 million, providing an estimated total of $1,072,375 in revenue.
Federal and state grants will bring $870,496 to the county - $396,000 in lieu of tax money and $415,000 in Class "B" road money. And even building permits and marriage license fees will contribute a little more than in the past.
"We're proud of the fact that we're one of only six counties in Utah that don't have to sign tax anticipation notes to cover current operating expenses," said Dr. Wendell H. McGarry, County Commission chairman. "That saves us a considerable amount in interest costs."