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West Point mulling property-tax increase

WEST POINT (Deseret News) — Take an already bare-bones budget and toss in a global financial crisis and shrinking sales-tax revenue, and you have the makings of a property-tax increase in West Point.

The northern Davis County city is proposing a $48 increase per year on the average home valued at $214,000.

It's part of an effort to raise about $132,000 for the fiscal 2011 budget year, which begins in July.

The city is holding two public meetings — on Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 p.m. at West Point City Hall — to help residents understand the city's need for a tax increase.

Public hearings are scheduled for City Council meetings on May 19, June 1 and June 15. The city's Truth-in-Taxation hearing is scheduled for Aug. 17.

"Basically, the tax increase will maintain an already limited budget," said West Point city manager Gary Hill.

If the tax increase is approved by the City Council, the city will have a general fund budget of $1.86 million.

Hill said the tax increase won't pay for any raises for employees. It won't put money into replacing aging city vehicles, whose average age is 11 years. It won't fund improvements to city hall, public works or the city cemetery or purchase new computers or other city equipment.

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