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Lehi’s growing, but budget isn’t

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Although Lehi's population is increasing, the budget likely is decreasing.

Lehi plans to spend $600,000 less next fiscal year in its general fund because the city is not collecting as much revenue from Micron Technology as originally expected.The $2.5 billion dollar computer-chip company has pulled back construction on its Lehi plant.

"Less construction activity will result in less (permits) and in a smaller cost and reimbursement to city," City Manager Ed Collins said.

It is "just as likely that Micron would increase," but the city does not anticipate that now.

The grand total for budget expenses would be $33,457,892, which includes general, utility and other fund expenditures.

The council is scheduled to vote on the budget June 16 at 7 p.m. Upon approval, the 1998-99 budget will be effective July 1.

A new drinking water source would be one of the major capital expenses. The water tank and irrigation reservoir would replace the current one and allow for future growth. It would be built on the east side of Lehi, near Micron, Collins said. The city would begin taking bids for construction in about two months.

"Because of growth, it requires more water to be stored to provide water for the new annexations and developments," said Cameron Gunter, finance director.

For the first time, residents, city departments and the council and mayor shared in developing the tentative budget.

"Because of the involuntary nature of taxes, we like to involve them (residents) as much as possible to improve the community," Gunter said.

Streets, safety, electrical improvements and maintenance of parks and the library are top priorities, Gunter said. He said these issues were indicated through a residents survey and focus group.

A grant would be used to add two police officers to the city's force. The fire department would receive new firefighting equipment. The budget for the library would be increasing by about $80,000. Additional library money would be used to buy books and improve information services.

Another new addition to the budget process was a five-year capital improvement plan. It would allow for future planning for equipment. For example, the city would be setting aside $10,000 for pool covers in 1999 and $20,000 for a new meter van in 2000.

"We can stay on top of needs of the community and make sure we can provide for the growth that is coming into the city," Gunter said.

A power substation would also be in the works for sometime in the next 18 months. The location is yet to be determined.

"We are constructing a new substation to provide future power for new developments and improving our old infrastructure to a more effective infrastructure," Gunter said.

The plan would be adjusted each December and approved with the next year's budget.



Budget: Lehi

General fund: $6.51 million


General fund: $7.12 million


Where it comes from:

Property tax: $917,687

Last year: $902,298

Sales tax: $1,402,000

Last year: $1,300,000

Licenses/permits: $2,002,170

Last year: $2,492,500

Intergovern. revenue: $758,900

Last year: $793,500

Other revenues: $983,647

Last year: $1,312,778

Where it goes:

Police: $1,062,314

Last year: $928,166

Fire: $259,697

Last year: $191,200

Streets: $434,970

Last year: $559,360

Community dev. $1,640,251

Last year: $2,367,100

Rec. & culture: $595,467

Last year: $471,650

Tax / Fee increases: