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TEMPLE TOURS MAY TAKE TOLL ON HIGHLAND BUDGET

The Mount Timpanogos Temple in neighboring American Fork could cost the city some money in its 1996-97 budget.

Highland's contribution to the Alpine-Highland Police Department is 37 percent higher this year than last, according to City Administrator John Newman's suggested budget. Newman earmarked $385,000 for police - about $127,000 more than last year."The bulk of it is a one-shot thing for the temple open house," he said.

Northern Utah County officials expect more than a million people to stream through the area in August and September en route to the temple. Many will take the Alpine-Highland exit on I-15 to get to American Fork. The Police Department expects to pay thousands of dollars in overtime and hire reserve officers to handle the excess traffic.

The proposed budget increase is significant for a bedroom community. "Most big cities just absorb that in their day-to-day operations," Newman said.

Newman presented his $1.2 million suggested general-fund budget to the City Council in April. Taxes make up most of the general fund. A public hearing is scheduled for May 28. The budget proposal does not include any property-tax or fee increases, he said.

Although not part of the regular budget, Highland will be administering a budget 10 times the size of its general fund during fiscal 1996-97. The city expects to sell $11 million in bonds to construct a citywide pressurized irrigation system. Not only is it the largest bond in Highland's 19-year history, it's the only one.

Highland has taken on little debt the past few years. Its city building will be paid for this summer, leaving a new $197,000 fire truck as the only other debt.

"We're in very good financial shape. It doesn't mean we have a lot of money to do all the things we want to do. We're living within our means," Newman said.

Continued residential and commercial growth accounts for Highland's budgets increasing each year. But the anticipated Micron Technology wave that eventually dissipated hasn't made much difference in city finances. People were moving in before Micron started building in neighboring Lehi and have continued to do so.

"They didn't make on iota of difference," Newman said of the semiconductor company.

In addition to the police department, the city expects to spend more on the library, emergency services, planning and zoning and building inspection. Proposed budgets for other departments nearly match those of last year.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Budget: HIGHLAND

General fund: $1.2 million

1996-97

General fund: $1 million

1995-96

Where it comes from:

Sales and use tax: $400,000

Last year: $357,000

Property tax: $237,000

Last year: $235,000

Licenses and permits: $154,000

Last year: $108,700

Court fines: $82,000

Last year: $69,000

State road/liquor funds: $81,000

Last year: $78,700

Where it goes:

Police: $385,000

Last year: $258,727

Administration: $132,810

Last year: $133,000

Streets: $131,465

Last year: $120,629

Emergency services: $115,994

Last year: $71,100

Parks and recreation: $52,300

Last year: $53,643

Tax/fee increases:

None