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Kane County approves 2017 Fiscal Budget
A public hearing was held for the proposed 2017 fiscal budget of $32,880,809. Kane County Budget Officer John Livingston reviewed proposed revenues and expenditures for each department. The Cost Of Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2017 is .03 percent. Factors addressed were medical insurance, road projects and maintenance, new growth, construction of the Community Center and Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILT) revenues. New growth is higher than 2016. There were no comments during the public hearing. The commission approved Resolution 2016-15 adopting the 2017 fiscal budget.
Another public hearing was held for the Budget Opening. The areas with anticipated changes in the budget were: Technology software, a new Planning and Zoning staff member. South West Health payment that may exceed their budget, Medical Insurance (premiums have changed from single to married for some members), Sheriff Office security contract and the Travel Council. When all is said and done, with money coming in for those categories with “money in and money out” and anticipated revenue, the actual dollar amount is very low. There were no comments during the budget opening.
The commission approved Resolution 2016-16 amending the 2016 fiscal budget.
In other county business, the commission approved several Resolutions and Ordinances that were amendments to the Kane County General Plan.
Resolution R 2016-12 added the Resource Management Plan to the County General Plan.
Ordinance 2016-14 amendments to the Kane County Limited Purpose Local Entities, mainly Special Service Districts, which corrected dates and gave tiered levels for auditing. They also make it easier for SSD’s to adopt the County Procurement Code if desired.
Ordinance 2016-15 amends the Kane County Procurement Code with definitions and clarification.
Ordinance 2016-16 amends Title 9 of the Lane Use Ordinance with definitions, changes and edits as discussed.
Regarding Solar set- backs, Commissioner Clayson suggested SITLA be involved with future discussions when SITLA land is involved.
Alan Alldredge presented an update on the Emergency Operations Plan R-2016-13 that was approved. It is a newer updated revised version of the statewide plan with specifics that relate to Kane County. Examples are: Hazmat, law enforcement and fire fighting which are applicable for county needs. Sheriff Tracy Glover praised Alldredge for keeping up with the Emergency Plan.
Devin Shakespeare updated the Commissioners on the VOCA (Victims of Crime Advocates) program. The $20,900 grant was approved. They are raising funds for the Children’s Justice Center that will be on property donated by the hospital.
The county needed to sign off on the Tom’s Canyon FEMA flood project, which is in Kanab City. FEMA requires approval of the county. The drainage starts in the county. City Manager Joe Decker answered questions for the commissioners. There should be better drainage with this project.
The commissioners approved the Title V construction easement with the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument for the Johnson Canyon EWP project. The Commissioners told Lou Pratt they appreciate his work in finding monetary sources for this project. The project is scheduled to be completed in April 2017.
The Commission meeting schedule for 2017 was approved.
The Board of Equalization approved a tax abatement for 2016. All information required was submitted and the parties do qualify.