BOUNTIFUL -- City leaders are putting the final touches on a budget for the next fiscal year early.
However, the plans follow a familiar pattern: no new property taxes or fees, and a possible cost of living adjustment for employees.
City Manager Tom Hardy accelerated the budget process for the 2012-13 fiscal year because he is leaving to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints this month.
The budget package is done, except for some fine tuning.
Hardy projects expenditures of approximately $57 million for the coming year, which is a reduction of $22 million from the current budget. The 2011-12 budget included $22 million for a power plant renovation project, so expenditures are in line with this year.
Full-time city employees could get up to a 2 percent cost of living adjustment in the spending plan.
That could be decreased according to how much health insurance costs go up, Hardy said.
If approved in its current outline, the budget would mark the 31st straight year that property taxes have held the line in the city. City leaders aren't required to finalize budget details for months. The city's fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30.
The fact the budget hasn't changed much is a source of some humor for the departing city manager.
"We have T-shirts here that say 'born to be mild,' " Hardy joked of the consistency of city expenditures.