The federal government spent $204 million, or 3.7 percent more in Utah during fiscal 1987 compared with the previous year, with most of the increase in payments to individuals and federal salaries and wages.

In the same period, grants to state and local governments declined by $23.5 million, or 2.9 percent.In its most recent report, the Utah Foundation analyzed U.S. Census data to come up with federal spending figures for the Beehive State. The survey shows federal expenditures here during the past fiscal year totaled $5.7 billion - an average of $3,396 per resident. The sum represented about 31 percent of the total personal income of the state, according to the report.

The figures also show that per capita federal spending in Utah was significantly about the same as the U.S. average back in 1970, but was well below the average by 1983.