Star Valley Council Reads First Town Budget

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The Star Valley Council Thursday night got its first glimpse of the town's 2006-2007 fiscal-year budget.

The overall budget is nearly $1.43 million -- $1.18 million from the general fund and almost $250,000 from Highway Users Revenue Fund.

The top budgeted item is the $100,000 contract the town has entered into with the Payson Police Department for law enforcement services.

Town Manager Lanny Sloan has also tentatively budgeted several items for what the town hopes will be its new town hall.

Currently, Town Hall is in a Baptist church on Highway 260. The new town hall, which would be annexed from the Forest Service, would at first be a double-wide mobile home with the ability to hold up to 75 people.

Sloan budgeted $40,000 for the site work, $32,000 for the land, $21,500 for the building and $8,000 for the building remodel.

Sloan also told the council he has budgeted $52,000, pro-rated over nine months, as the salary for the town manager.

He said for a town of its size, $52,000 falls in the middle range.

"I think that is a good going rate for the size of our town," he said. Sloan's contract runs through September.

The council also approved adopting fees for building permits in an emergency action, meaning the action took place immediately after the council approved it.

The council adopted the 1997 uniform building code rate schedule that sets fees based on the cost of construction.

Councilor Art Lloyd said under the code, a typical $200,000 home would cost the homeowner another $1,500 for a building permit.

Part of the cost could be for inspection services, which the council discussed leaving to private contractors.

Lloyd asked Sloan if the town would be able to refund some of the money for permits if the council opted to not to go into the inspection business. Sloan said he thinks the town would give some refunds under this scenario.

The council spent a great deal of time talking about inspection fees Thursday night.

Lloyd said if the town was doing the inspections, it would be held liable if something was missed.

"If we had our inspectors doing it, and he missed something, we would be sued," he said, adding the homeowner should be responsible for the inspection so the town would not be held liable.

The council then tabled this item for its last regular meeting in July.

Sloan also informed council members that the town code will be coming to them July 18 for approval or disapproval.

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