The City Council has approved its 1991 fiscal budget, which includes a cutback in some services to make up a shortfall carried over from the 1990 budget.
No taxes or fees were increased to make up the shortfall, but budgets for some departments, particularly the street department, have been cut for fiscal '91, according to City Administrator Andrew Hatton-Ward. Some revenue increases are expected also, he said.Hatton-Ward said one major change in this year's budget is the creation of an arts council fund which has increased the amount allocated for arts in the community by $2,250.
The budget also provides a 2 percent cost-of-living increase for all city employees, except police department personnel. Three other employees will receive higher raises - a public-works employee and the city and police department secretaries.
Police personnel salaries are being frozen for two years while the city adopts the state public safety retirement system, which will cost more than the regular retirement system, Hatton-Ward said.
Approximately 18 full-time and 10 part-time employees will receive the raises, he said.
"It's a very tight budget," Hatton-Ward said. "But one that will get us through the next year."
The budget provides $46,000 for road improvements, a cut of almost $200,000, Hatton-Ward said.
"This will not go a great distance (and) we're going to get a little bit further behind this year," Hatton-Ward said.
Draper Planning Commission Chairman Matt Riffkin thanked the council for preparing the budget. "This is a good and fair budget in a very tight year," he said.
Draper resident Dana Patterson expressed concern over the city's legal fees, which exceed $40,000. This is the result of city attorney Hollis S. Hunt undertaking an ordinance codification project and charging $75 an hour during council meetings.
"We're a third-class city, and it bothers me the amount of money we're spending in legal bills," she said. "I can't see how Draper can justify spending that much."
Patterson also complained she and other residents hadn't had enough time to review the document because it was released to the public last Thursday.
"When you read this document, you realize it's mumbo-jumbo," said Planning Commission Member Melanie Dansie.
The council is actively pursuing investments in the community that will give the city more revenue, Hatton-Ward said.
The fire department also requested an increase in its equipment budget from $10,000 to $20,055 and its fleet lease from $18,000 to $20,000 for the purchase of a new fire engine that will replace a 1950 unit still in service.
Police Chief Hans DeHaas also asked the city to increase the department's operating budget by $12,737 in order to purchase a new police vehicle.
The shortfall for 1990 would have totaled more, but Hatton-Ward said the city stopped spending money toward the middle of the year and was able to save $40,000.
What the budget provides:
The $1,181,508 Draper City budget for fiscal '91 provides the following funds:
-Debt service, $72,833.
-Capital projects, $249,361.
-Flood control, $15,000.
-Fire hydrant improvement, $6,000.
-Water department, $72,638.
-Refuse collection, $73,000.
-Ambulance department, $58,950.
-Arts council, $14,750.
-Fleet lease, $72,000.
The shortfalls (from 1990 budget):
-Property tax, $11,081.
-Property tax redemption, $15,319.
-Franchise tax, $107,000.
-Fines and forfeitures, $18,000.