Water Conservancy District and budget increase in the works for Cache County

It looks like a tax increase is in store for Cache County residents. Cache County Executive Craig Buttars proposed a budget at Tuesday’s county council meeting that calls for an increase of approximately 6.1 percent.

He said the dollar amount of the increase is $659,000 for the county rate plus $647,000 for the new tax for municipal services. Under the proposed budget, no new employees are planned and there is a proposed wage increase of 1.3 percent with propsed beefits amounting to 5.6 percent. Buttars said insurance will cost 13.9 percent more.

There will be several budget workshops before a new budget is adopted.

The Cache County Council also decided that a Water Conservancy District is the best way to make sure the county has enough water not only now but also for future needs. A committee is continuing to explain the proposed project to local leaders and individuals in various communities.

County Executive Craig Buttars told council members on Tuesday that Utah State University plans to do a study on the issue.

“They will be studying the different options that we have under the Utah State Code,” Buttars explained, “as far as managing water in hopes that this will prove and show that the Water Conservancy District is our best option.”

He says those doing the study will also look at other options and about different ways to establish a district. Buttars said a contract is expected to be signed with the university soon.

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