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Farmington • The Davis County Commission has approved a tentative budget for the 2013 calendar year that bumps spending up slightly in anticipation of more revenue but also decreases the staff by the equivalent of 15 full-time workers.
The $101.6 million tentative budget which is balanced and does not include a tax increase is an almost $3 million increase over the current year's $98.7 million budget. Finance Director Jonathan Lee said the increase is based on the revenue expected to come in because of a growth in tourism and sales tax due to a better economy.
A big part of the staff decrease will come when the Health Department closes its vehicle inspection and maintenance center in Kaysville at the end of this year.
About 20 full- and part-time employees, whose hours total 17 full-time positions, work at the center. Five will be retained in various positions and the rest are being let go, according to Lewis Garrett, director of the Davis County Health Department.
Davis County employs the equivalent of about 900 full-time workers.
Garrett said a legislative bill that significantly reduces the number of required safety inspections was one factor in the decision to close the center.
The tentative budget was approved Nov. 1 by the commission. Copies of the tentative budget will be available beginning Wednesday, Nov. 21, at the Davis County Administration Building, 61 S. Main St. in Farmington.
A vote on a final budget is scheduled for Dec. 4, after a public hearing that starts at 6 p.m. at the administration building.