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Budgets previewed in council agenda

Tom Fisher

          The council session starts at about 3:45 p.m. The council is meeting live at the Richins Services Building and is also accessible on Zoom.

Starting at about 4 p.m., the council will look at an interlocal agreement that calls for the county and the Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District to offer each other mutual aid in case of emergencies.

County Manager Tom Fisher said the two entities have helped each other unofficially, and it just made sense to create a formal agreement.

Later on the agenda, the council will review the tentative budgets for some of its special service districts, including the Mountain Regional Water District and the Snyderville Basin Recreation District.

Fisher said none of the districts is proposing a tax increase.

He said council members will review spending plans and provide input. The districts will return in early December for final budget approvals.

The Snyderville Recreation District, presenting its budget shortly before 5 p.m. wants to increase next year’s budget by almost 20 percent.

It will also create four new positions. Fisher said the new staffers will work on trail development and usage issues. The district also plans to develop the new Trailside East property, across the street from Trailside Park.

The Mountain Regional Water District, serving the Snyderville Basin, presents its budget at about 5:15. The district reported it has a record number of impact fees from new connections and so is seeing a strong revenue picture. Fisher said the district is also creating a Drought Reserve Fund to deal with problems in the future, such as revenues dipping.

The council doesn’t have a regular meeting next week, on November 10th, since the Utah Association of Counties is convening in St. George. However, council members will have a special budget session on Monday the 8th.

Meanwhile, KPCW asked if the county will schedule a public hearing on the Dakota Pacific project on November 17th. Fisher said that’s very likely.

          “So I hope people are paying attention to that.    I believe from social media that they are.  And so stay tuned.   But yeah, we’re working hard this week to see if we can get that development agreement in final form, or in final draft form for the public and the council to review.”

          Summit County Manager Tom Fisher, who added that the county must issue a Public Notice on Wednesday for the hearing on the 17th.

Known for getting all the facts right, as well as his distinctive sign-off, Rick covered Summit County meetings and issues for 35 years on KPCW. He now heads the Friday Film Review team.