By VIRGINIA GIORGIS
MOUNTAIN VIEW – The Mountain View council passed the first reading of the 2014 fiscal year budget for $1.8 million at their meeting Tuesday night.
The new budget is down slightly from the current budget, according to Town Clerk Bonnie Halford. She credited the decrease to not having a county consensus project and a park project projected for the next fiscal year. In addition, the town’s budget has decreased greatly over the last couple of years as the sewer lagoon project has been completed.
The general fund for the new budget has been projected at $1,131,976 compared to last year at $1,213,570. The above decreases account for the difference, according to Halford.
The water fund is down about $45,000 to a figure of $393,415. The water fund will be used for the installation of new water meters throughout the town. The newer meters are being installed, over a period of time, to improve the town’s system and partially to help pinpoint where the town’s system is loosing water.
The projected sewer fund, set at $225,200, is higher than the current year. Halford said the reason was town residents are charged a supplemental fee that will go to help pay off the sewer loan. The fund reflects the income from the supplemental fee.
The downtown development fun is down, projected to be $45,000. That is because, according to Halford, the Uinta County Bank has paid off its loan. In addition, the Mountain View Medical Clinic has almost completed the payments on its development loan.
According to the proposed budget, it is anticipated the eight-mill levy for property taxes will be required for the operation of the general fund for the town. The town is to request the Uinta County Commissioners set the mill levy for property within the borders of the town at the allowable eight mills.
Another aspect affecting the budget is the town putting slurry on town streets. $50,000 was budgeted for the current budget. Halford anticipated, the town would also do more slurry work in the next fiscal year.
Slurry is put on the town’s street to extend the life of the street surface, Halford said. This year’s project had included the streets east of the high school, work on West Street and some other smaller areas.
The town, by state law, must have the third and final reading on the budget ordinance by the third Tuesday in June.
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