Facebook Twitter

DUCHESNE RED INK MAY BE LESS THAN FEARED

SHARE DUCHESNE RED INK MAY BE LESS THAN FEARED

There's good news and bad news when it comes to the 1995 Duchesne County budget.

The good news is that it appears Duchesne County will have a little more money coming in than originally anticipated. The bad news is that it still won't be enough to ward off massive budget cuts and forestall a new tax.Last week, county commissioners looked at ways to erase $510,931 from the 1995 budget. However, with additional revenue now expected, and due to the planned enactment of a 1 percent restaurant tax, auditor Diane Freston said figures indicate cuts won't be that severe.

"Now they are looking at cuts totaling between $350,000 and $400,000, when before they thought it would be around $510,000," she said.

Preliminary figures indicate that sales tax revenue estimated at $250,000 will likely come in at $300,000. Payments in lieu of taxes from the federal government to the county are expected to come in at $330,000 next year, instead of $300,000. And it looks like fee in lieu payments to the county will generate an additional $25,000.

The 1 percent tax at all eating establishments is expected to raise an additional $35,000 next year.