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BEAR RIVER BOARD OKS $5.8 MILLION BUDGET

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The governing board of the Bear River Association of Governments approved a $5.8 million 1994-95 budget last week, including cost-of-living and merit raises for employees.

The year's $570,000 increase is due in part to additional state and federal funds flowing into the budget for a retraining program for Thiokol workers and a winter heating program.BRAG is a tri-county organization that provides support for community and economic development as well as social services for Cache, Rich and Box Elder counties.

A three-member subcommittee of the governing board recommended a 2 percent cost-of-living increase for all BRAG employees and an average merit increase of 2 percent.

Executive Director Roger Jones told the governing board that his employees will get merit increases of up to 3 percent, depending on their performance and as long as the total averages out to 2 percent or less.

In other business, the board allocated $134,888 in Social Service Block Grants.

Box Elder County Commissioner Allen Jensen said the total is $6,000 to $7,000 less than that allocated last year. Part of the reason for the decrease is that $5,000 was carried over from two years ago into last year's allocations. Nothing was available to carry over this year.

New adult literacy programs were started in Box Elder and Rich counties, each sharing a $5,000 pot of grant money with Bridgerland Literacy.

Other programs funded by Social Service Block Grants include

home delivered meals and senior citizen transportation. BRAG received $30,000 for the human services programs it administers.