FARMINGTON -- Davis County property owners should expect no surprises when it comes to the county's 2012 calendar year budget and where their dollars are being spent.
The Davis County Commission is to host its annual budget hearing at 6 p.m. Dec. 6 in Room 236 of the Memorial Davis County Courthouse, 28 E. State St., Farmington.
The county's proposed budget of $97.8 million for the upcoming calendar year includes no tax increase, but does include a $3.5 million increase in revenues from the 2011 budget.
The increase in revenues is because of a combination of surplus capital improvement funds, additional sales and tourism tax funds, and an increase from what the federal government pays to rent county jail bed space for federal prisoners, Davis County Clerk/Auditor Steve Rawlings said.
Including the tax revenues dedicated to the county library system, the county receives about 20 percent of the taxpayer's property tax bill, Rawlings said.
The Davis School District will receive 62 percent of all property tax paid.
Rawlings said a hard copy of the county's proposed 2012 budget is available at the county courthouse in Farmington, or online at www.daviscountyutah.gov.
"We have got all the information out there. We have a balanced budget. Anybody that wants to come to the public hearing is certainly welcome to come. But anyone who does show up will find that we are in good financial shape and have put a well-balanced budget together," Rawlings said.
To balance the 2012 budget, county officials made $5.7 million in reductions to what departments had requested, he said.
"We have reduced expenditures wherever possible without cutting services," Rawlings said.
Davis County Commissioner Louenda Downs said department heads were asked to keep it lean.
"Our departments have been so good to respect that," she said.
For the third consecutive year there will be no cost-of-living salary adjustment for county workers, Rawlings said. Employees are eligible to receive up to a 2 percent performance pay increase.
The county also will go from 937 full-time equivalent positions in 2011 to 933 FTEs in 2012.
Other budget highlights have the county, in 2012, spending an estimated $7.1 million of its $27 million flood control bond for flood control work, and $11.3 million in finishing up its $22.5 million Memorial County Courthouse campus renovation set for completion in August 2012.