Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Budget Deficit for Eagle Mtn?

Eagle Mountain City is looking for ways to avoid a $260,000 deficit according to the Daily Herald.

"Council members and city department heads met on Tuesday night to discuss how to cut more than a quarter-million dollars from Eagle Mountain's $34 million budget. Everyone at the meeting was asked to lay all ideas on the table. The council will vote on the budget in the coming weeks."

Councilman David Lifferth suggested that council members take a 10 percent pay cut.

According to, Mayor Heather Jackson makes somewhere in the range of $70,000. No word on whether she would be willing to take a pay cut for the city.

"City manager John Hendrickson reported that city staffers had volunteered to give up the city Christmas party, a catered affair attended by 120 last year at a cost of $12,000. The city will also forego staff birthday celebrations and employee activities.

In a sign that many in the city are having a hard time making ends meet, staffers said each month on average 200 families have their utilities shut off in the city, while another 600 families are late paying their utility bills. The announcement brought a somber tone to the meeting.

The city will consider adding a monthly storm-drain fee to city utility bills in order to help meet the budget, council members said, though Lifferth said it would be "morally wrong" to charge residents more in storm-drain fees than the city needs to cover storm-drain costs.

Last year Eagle Mountain paid $90,000 for a legislative lobbyist, but this year that too may have to go." - Daily Herald with some personal commentary

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