On a six to one vote, members of the Cache County Council Tuesday night approved a budget for 2017 that totals approximately $50 million. Council Chairman Greg Merrill noted that the exact amount was $50,681,549.
Merrill said that total is a decrease of approximately $6 million from last year’s budget but there is a reason for that.
“It’s not that we’ve cut that much, it’s just projects that we had, whether road department’s or fire station’s, etc., etc. that were completed which was an expense in 2016 but will not be an expense in 2017.”
The budget gives employees a two percent salary increase. At Tuesday night’s meeting, the council agreed that elected officials should receive a one percent increase as well.
Merrill said the higher cost of insurance was a major factor in making this year’s budget difficult and he said, unfortunately, those costs may continue to increase.