Salt Lake County wants the state to take over its motor vehicle registration and property tax assessment program Oct. 1, but the County Commission is unhappy about various aspects of the transfer.

Among the concerns, commissioners complain that the 61 employees will receive substantial pay cuts and possible benefit cuts as well, such as retirement funds. In addition, the state wants to treat the employees basically as new hires.But county commissioners are crying foul. When the converse occurred, that is, when the employees were transferred from the state to the county in 1996, it was a straight transfer - no benefit cuts, no probation, no pay cut (in fact, a substantial pay hike). They believe the Tax Commission is playing dirty pool by not doing the same thing.

The employees will be paid about two-thirds of what the county paid them.