It was the last meeting of the year for the Cache County Council and members accomplished what they had hoped to get done at their Tuesday night meeting. A new budget for the 2018 year was passed and outgoing council chairman Greg Merrill said the vote for passage was unanimous.
He said it is a tight budget and in order to make ends meet a property tax increase was needed.
“As many are aware we did go to the public,” Merrill explained, “and ask for an increase that amounted to about $4.75 per person in property tax per year. That increase was $0.40, or so, a month.
“So we did go to the public for that, and requested that and it is in our proposed budget.”
Although the money will be distributed, it will be up to the departments themselves to decide how it should be divided. It did provide a change of salaries for county office holders.
Fiscal Officer Cameron Jensen said the salaries range from $102,500 for the executive/surveyor, to $79,000 for the county treasurer. In between were salary changes for the county assessor, county attorney, county clerk/auditor, county recorder and sheriff.
County council members chose not to increase the amount they receive.