FARMINGTON -- The Davis County Commission has adopted a $97.8 million budget for 2012 that includes no tax increase, no cost-of-living adjustment and a reduction, through attrition, of four full-time staff members.
The commission adopted the budget on Tuesday after hosting its annual budget hearing at the Memorial Davis County Courthouse in downtown Farmington.
The county budget for 2012 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.
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.
Rawlings said a hard copy of the county's 2012 budget is available at the courthouse in Farmington, or online at www.daviscountyutah.gov.
To balance the 2012 budget, county officials made $5.7 million in reductions to what departments had initially requested, he said.
"The hearing was as anticipated. No concerns were expressed by the public," Rawlings said.
He said the only people that attended the hearing were county staff and recently-elected Layton City Councilman Jory Francis.
"We owe a lot of thanks to our elected leaders, department heads and employees for living within their means and not burdening the taxpayers with any tax increases," he 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.