City facing projected revenue loss close to $500,000
April 13, 2009 | BRIGHAM CITY -- Preserving the city's
mission to "maintain and enhance the quality of
life for citizens" is no easy feat with a drop
in revenue due to the current economic climate, Mayor
Lou Ann Christensen said.
Christensen gave a presentation of the 2009-2010 fiscal
year budget for Brigham City at the City Council meeting
Thursday, which outlined what challenges are being faced
and how the mayor plans to deal with them.
"My overall goal in preparing the budget was to maintain
the level of service to our citizens," Christensen said.
Sales tax and interest income are projected to decrease
nearly $490,000 this coming year, Christensen said.
She said she is also proposing a 1.9 percent utility
rate increase, which will cover the cost of operation
for all utilities. The city has also budgeted $4.2 million
for capitol projects and a two percent raise for city
"In all the years that I have been involved in the
budget process while serving as an elected official,
this year's budget has certainly been one of our most
challenging." Christensen said. "During these difficult
economic times, I'm very sympathetic to the struggles
that our citizens and businesses are experiencing. We
can only trust that the economy will recover in the
coming year and restore out faith in the leadership
of this great nation."
In other business:
-- The council approved a request by the police department
to apply for grant money to fund three additional police
officers through the Community Oriented Policing Services
Hiring Recovery Program
-- The council approved the transfer of $150,000 from
the Leisure Services to the Capitol Project fund. The
money was gathered to match grant funds that were going
to be used on West Forrest Street, but the grant was
-- The council approved the use of Capitol Project
funds to complete a retaining wall at the golf course
maintenance building and to remodel the concessions
stand at Pioneer Park by a vote of 4 to 1.
-- Mayor Christensen declared April 24 Arbor Day.