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LAYTON BUDGET DOESN'T INCLUDE TAX INCREASE

Despite ambitious building plans, no tax increase is anticipated for Layton's 1989-90 budget. The City Council approved a tentative budget last week that totals $11.6 million.

City Manager Bruce Barton reported to the council that a bonding agreement to pay for the planned $6.8 million city hall and court complex still has not been completed, putting the project six to seven weeks behind the council's construction plan.The council last fall formed itself into a municipal building authority to issue bonds and construct the two-building complex and operates from a separate budget.

Although he hopes to pay for the project out of current revenue sources, Mayor Richard McKenzie has said he will not rule out a tax increase to finance the construction project.

In the tentative city budget approved last week, no increase in either the property or franchise tax is proposed, according to City Manager Bruce Barton.

Besides construction of a new city hall, court building, and police headquarters, Layton is anticipating funding the construction of the Antelope Drive extension connecting it to U.S. Highway 89 and extending the southern end of Hillfield Road past Main Street and into the industrial park in west Layton.

The budget also calls for putting $100,000 into the capital projects fund, earmarked for construction of a new fire station in east Layton.

Barton said the city has not budgeted for any new full-time personnel, but a 3 percent cost of living adjustment is included for current city employees, along with full implementation of a performance evaluation plan.

The city's general fund, where property, franchise, and other direct taxes go, is set at $6,326,411 and the water utility fund, where monthly water fees are collected, is $3,938,324.