LAYTON -- City residents will pay a new street lighting utility bill of $2 per month, per household, as part of the 2013-2014 fiscal year budget, which was recently unveiled publicly.
The street lighting fee will help city officials purchase some existing street lights in the city from Rocky Mountain Power, potentially saving the city in utility costs over the long term. It is one of two fee increases expected to be in the new fiscal year budget.
A pass-through increase of $1.50 per household from North Davis Sewer District is also part of the spending plan.
There is no property tax increase as part of the proposal.
Two other key components of the proposed fiscal year plan include a 2.5 percent merit pay increase for some of the city's 300 full-time employees and a projected increase of 6 percent in retirement benefits for city employees. The city's fiscal year runs July 1 to June 30.
City council members unanimously approved a tentative budget for the new fiscal year at the first meeting of the month.
They also approved an outline for a public hearing and final consideration of the proposal.
A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for 7 p.m. June 20.
The city council is expected to finalize approval of a new fiscal year plan after the hearing.
City Manager Alex Jensen said the lion's share of the new budget is in place but said that could be subject to change in the weeks before the public hearing.
"It's positive and I'm pleased with it," Jensen said of the budget outline. "The city's fiscal policy continues to pay off."
He has stressed the need for fiscal restraint in spending for years and maintains that Layton's sound financial position has allowed the city to avoid cutting staff or services.