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.