The City Council adopted an unofficial $74.6 million 1991-92 budget Tuesday that contains an unofficial property tax increase to bring in extra money for new library books.
The budget won't become official until the city holds a truth-in-taxation hearing Aug. 6 on Mayor Joe Jenkins's recommendation to raise property tax 2.2 percent for library books. The tax increase would generate about $200,000. The owner of an $80,000 home would pay about $8 more per year.In passing a resolution on the tentative budget, the council indicated general support for the tax increase.
Jenkins said the budget does not include any other tax or fee increases. "We are planning on operating at exactly the same level as we did last year," the mayor said.
Homeowners, however, could pay an additional $2.75 per month if the council creates a proposed storm-drain service district later this summer. Businesses, churches, schools and government entities would pay $2.75 per month per 3,200 feet of impervious surface area.
City officials did not include the storm-drain fee in the tentative budget. City budget officer Keith Haslem said it could be added to the budget if and when the council decides to set up a storm-water utility department.
The lone citizen who addressed the council Tuesday applauded the effort to buy more books.
"I wholly support anything you do for that library," said Ronald Hathcock, Provo. He described himself and his family as "voracious readers."
Library Board Chairman Larry Bluth was offered a chance to make a pitch for the tax increase, but declined saying, "Things seem to be well. I think we'll let them stay well."
The library is also in line to receive $180,000 for remodeling.
Only Councilman Ben Porter wasn't satisfied with the budget. He voted against it. And it had nothing to do with the library.
"We're still double-taxing the people. As long as we double-tax the people, I won't vote for the budget," he said.
Specifically, Porter meant the city shouldn't fund the Provo Police Mountain Rescue Team. Porter, a former police officer, said the Utah County sheriff could handle mountain rescues.
Councilman Stan Brown said there were items in the budget he didn't agree with but called it a "good, practical budget."
Jenkins described the budget as fair and judicial.
You'll pay more
- Property-tax increase to raise $200,000 for library books. The owner of an $80,000 home would pay about $8 more per year.
- Homeowners may have to pay an additional $2.75 per month for a storm-drain service district, if the council approves it later this summer. Businesses, churches, schools and government entities would pay $2.75 per month per 3,200 feet of impervious surface area.
- Garbage-fee increases of $1.04 a month for one-can users, $1.84 for two-can families.
- 4.89 percent increase in water rates.
- New $1-a-month storm-water fee.
- Maintain utility franchise tax at 5.36 percent.
No increases in tax rates or fees. (See Page B3.)