Draper city's bean counters had to wonder if they were experiencing budgetary deja vu.
The city's proposed 1998-99 $6.1 million budget is little more than $15,000 higher than last year, with few notable changes in the line-item revenue sources."We figured things were going to be close to the status quo," said Draper budget officer LaMont Smith.
As the city continues to grow, Draper residents can expect corresponding growth at City Hall.
Money has been budgeted to hire the city's first full-time city attorney. In the past, Draper has contracted legal help, but the time is ripe for resident counsel.
"It will be more cost-effective to have an in-house attorney than to travel outside for legal help," Smith said.
Draper also plans to create a full-time "natural resource manager" to advise the city on open space matters. The city requires that all new developments include an open space area.
Years of vigorous homebuilding necessitates a full-time administrator to oversee planning, maintenance and direction and usage of those areas, Smith said.
Much of the city's capital expenditures that form the proposed budget would come from impact fees. Included is the proposed development of the Draper Business Park, about 12300 near I-15, along with some road-widening projects.
Draper also plans to add two new police officers through their ongoing contract with the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office, Smith said.
The new deputies would be paid, in part, with federal grant dollars. The city is expected to match the grant amounts for the next three years, then assume full payment for the officers.
The city also hopes to complete remodeling of the fire station next month. Although much of that project was funded in past budgets, a few remaining costs will be absorbed in the proposed 1998 budget, Smith said.
And, no, there is no tax increase this year.
The City Council is expected to give final approval to the 1998-99 budget, which takes effect July 1, on June 16.
General fund: $6,117,857
General fund: $6,101,979
Where it comes from
Property tax: $854,833
Last year: $724,833
Sales tax: $1,500,000
Last year: $1,426,922
Franchise tax: $529,000
Last year: $522,700
Last year: $2,140,500
Other revenues: $1,145,719
Last year: $1,287,024
Where it goes:
Public safety: $2,136,198
Last year: $1,969,910
Parks and rec.: $367,917
Last year: $240,800
Last year: $849,400
Community dev. $451,458
Last year: $430,500
General operations/transfers: $2,224,967
Last year: $2,611,369