Opening of the Kaysville Senior Citizen Center now under construction could be delayed until Sept. 1 or even next year if the county can't find enough money to operate the center, according to the Davis County Commission.

The center is being built adjacent to the Kaysville Municipal Building and the town's library and is scheduled for completion in June with a projected July 1 opening date.But Council on Aging Director Alice Johnson told the commission Wednesday she doesn't realistically expect the center to open before Sept. 1. It will take several months to equip and furnish it, making it usable, Johnson said.

She and council fiscal officer Bob Ellis appeared at the commission for approval of the agency's budget before submitting it to the state for review.

Ellis and Johnson estimated if the center opens Sept. 1, the county will need $57,000 to operate it through the end of the county's fiscal year on Dec. 31. And, they estimate the county will need $445,000 to operate its three senior centers in 1990.

The county budgeted a total of $220,000 for operation of the existing centers in Clearfield and Bountiful in the current fiscal year, and opening the Kaysville center is expected to push the operating cost up to $445,000 annually, Ellis said.

There is some confusion on the funding procedure because the county and the council on aging operate on different fiscal years. The county's fiscal year runs Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, with the council operating on the state fiscal system of July 1 to June 30.

Sorting through the difference, Ellis and the commissioners arrived at the $57,000 figure for funding the Kaysville center through the end of this calendar year if it opens on Sept. 1.

The county has an agreement with Davis County Aging Services, a non-profit corporation set up to build the center, that the county will take over and pay for its operation on completion.

The corporation, which has several overlapping board members with the Council on Aging, agreed two years ago to raise the estimated $600,000 it will take to build the 10,000-square-foot center.

But fund-raising fell flat after construction started and the corporation turned to the county, and the cities in it, for contributions.

Two separate grants of $150,000 each in federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) money was approved for the center by the Davis Council of Governments (COG). Faced with a continuing shortage, the county came up with an additional $200,000 and then another $40,000, said commission chairman Bill Peters.

"This was supposed to be a turnkey operation," said Peters, referring to the agreement that the corporation would build and equip the center, then turn it over to the county ready for immediate occupancy.

"But they've been given $590,000 in CDBG and county money to build the center and the county won't fund anything further in that area," Peters said.

Commissioner William "Dub" Lawrence agreed, saying he has been warning since he took office in January that the county has overextended itself on commitments to operate the senior centers and the new county jail due to open in 1991 and doesn't have the money.

The $57,000 needed is not in the budget, Peters said, adding the only source of funds at the present time is the county's contingency fund.

"We're missing something here," said commissioner Gayle Stevenson. "We use CDBG and county money to build the center, then strain the budget to operate it. I don't believe we can afford it."

Although not sure at this point where the $57,000 in operating money will come from, the commission approved the council on aging's budget for submission to the state and agreed to begin looking for the funds.