TOOELE -- Tooele County says it's being forced to make another round of staff layoffs that will all but shut down a recreational complex.
County officials say they're in bad financial shape for a host of reasons. That main problem is reduced hazardous-waste mitigation fees from businesses operating in the west desert. Sales tax revenue also is declining.
Tooele County commissioners are proposing a hike in property taxes that would take effect by the end of the year.
Tooele County cut 52 jobs last year and followed up Tuesday with 23 layoffs, most of them inside the Parks and Recreation Department.
The cuts will limit the use of Tooele County's Deseret Peak Complex except for special events. The complex is a venue for concerts, demolition derbies and professional rodeos. It has swimming pools and soccer fields.
Officials fear that mandatory federal budget cuts will make things worse by reducing the amount the government pays on 80 percent of Tooele County that is federally owned.