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SPENDING IN RICHFIELD, SALINA TO TOTAL MORE THAN $3 MILLION

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City councils in Sevier County's two largest communities will spend more than $3 million during the fiscal year with budgets of $2.35 million in Richfield and $883,387 in Salina.

Surplus money from previous years allowed Salina officials to adopt a budget of about $100,000 more than a year ago. Water and sewer connection fees were also boosted from $500 to $1,000 to initiate new service.Richfield's budget is $210,376 higher than the 1994-95 fiscal year. Major increases when compared with last year's budget are for streets and public improvements, airport, non-departmental expenses and employee benefits.

The largest single expense of $478,894 will finance the police department, while streets and public improvements will need $340,311.

Parks and recreation, combined with the swimming pool and golf course, will cost a total of $383,726. The department budget is $120,518, while it is anticipated that $140,691 will be spent on the swimming pool and $122,635 on the golf course. Another $2 million could be spent to expand the golf course from nine to 18 holes if the proposal is approved by residents on a November ballot.

City administration will cost about $250,000. Employees are getting a 2 percent cost of living raise and other benefits.

Airport improvements will cost $190,000. The nondepartmental budget is $186,700.

City Finance Director Mike Langston noted that increased revenue is anticipated in all of the major categories.

Property and sales tax receipts are expected to reach nearly $1.3 million, licenses and permits about $277,500, charges for services $390,200 and intergovernmental funding $265,606. Smaller amounts will be received from fines and forfeitures, contributions and in miscellaneous revenues.

Other budget expenditures in Richfield include fire department, $77,318; library, $63,103; buildings, $49,969; shop, $48,904; community projects, $40,900; cemetery, $37,106; animal control, $30,901; contingencies, $27,755; attorney, $20,600; irrigation, $20,130; senior citizens, $2,150; and youth city council, $1,000.