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TAX HIKE MAY BE INEVITABLE IN BOX ELDER

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Although there is an outside chance federal payment in lieu of tax (PILT) to Box Elder County might increase, County Auditor/Treasurer Carlla Secrist told Box Elder County commissioners recently she can see no way to raise the funds necessary to meet rising county costs other than to increase taxes.

Secrist told commissioners that income is increasingly falling short of expenditures in Box Elder County. She pointed to several necessary expenses that have increased outgo.During the past two years the county has spent $300,000 on computer equipment and maintenance, compared to $35,000 the two years before that. Mandated renovation of the courthouse, a public safety building and nursing homes will further raise county expenses.

She noted that while she means no criticism, efforts to develop a new landfill and transfer station have cost $673,000 and the facilities remain unconstructed. Financial support of fire departments in unincorporated areas and expansion of the Box Elder County Fairgrounds added further expense.

At the same time, the county can expect a loss of some $300,000 because of lost trucking fees and $40,000 in rent when the state court building opens.