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GARBAGE FEES MAY GO UP IN WOODS CROSS

There will be no tax increase here next year, but garbage fees may be raised slightly, according to the tentative budget presented to the City Council last week.

City Administrator Gary Uresk said the $14 one-container garbage fee may be upped 50 cents. The fee was raised last year in response to a substantial Davis County Energy Recovery District fee hike, and after a year city officials are realizing they may need a bit more cash in the fund.Property taxes in Woods Cross are among the lowest in Davis County, and some noise is being made to raise them. Under state truth-in-taxation laws, municipal property taxes do not keep pace with cost-of-living increases unless cities take specific action to raise them.

"The ability to utilize the property tax to fund essential services will diminish each year in proportion to the growth in inflation," Uresk wrote in his annual budget message to the council.

In absolute terms, property taxes and building permit fee revenues will be up next year due to continued strong growth in Woods Cross. Growth in the city was very slow prior to fiscal 1995. But two subdivisions were approved that year, and things have been going great guns since.

"There's a lot of pressure for homes, and people have realized that Woods Cross is a pretty good location," Uresk said.

In addition to generally rapid growth along the Wasatch Front, Uresk attributed the large influx to Woods Cross' relatively affordable homes and its close proximity to Salt Lake City.

This year, the City Council rezoned a lot of property being proposed for subdivisions. Uresk estimates there will be 40 to 100 new building permits issued next year.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Budget: Woods Cross

General fund: $2,017,200

1996-97

General fund: $1,884,311

1995-96

Where it comes from:

Property tax: $160,000

Last year: $155,000

Sales tax: $1,020,000

Last year: $957,419

Municipal court fines: $194,000

Last year: $170,000

Licenses and permits: $106,100

Last year: $75,500

Fund transfers: $68,000

Last year: $170,000

Where it goes:

Police: $668,106

Last year: $595,924

Streets: $297,500

Last year: $389,947

Parks: $177,881

Last year: $157,415

Administration: $187,824

Last year: $154,498

Fire: $165,686

Last year: $139,745