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Tooele cuts capital improvement projects fund

(Tooele Transcript Bulletin) Tooele County has adopted a $51.8 million budget for 2010 — down 14.7 percent from the 2009 budget.

Tooele County Commissioner Colleen Johnson said, “With the economy, everything — building permits, inspections, our mitigation fees from the west desert — is down from what they have been in other years.”

Commissioner Bruce Clegg added, “We’ve been working really hard to get it down as far as we can. We worked hard to get it where it’s at.”

Jensen said this is the first time in his nearly 10 years on the job that he’s seen a budget cut so much.

“The department heads did a great job in cooperating and realizing what we’re going through,” Jensen said. “We’re no different than any other government agency, and in fact many other businesses right now. The recession really caught up to us.”

The biggest total budget cut came in the capital improvement projects fund, which is $783,259, down from $4.2 million in 2009.

“There are no capital projects budgeted for at this point except for the small remodel in this [the county] building,” Jensen said, adding there is also a $50,000 allotment for continued Midvalley Highway work, and just more than $200,000 for debt service.

In recent years, money has been allocated for various projects, including a Utah State University building, the Emergency Operations Center, and various road construction projects. In 2009, $1 million was allocated to a shooting range that has yet to be built.

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