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E;c. 3r Cl -- T sr L- -'t ' - T r" ;4. .4 .Serving East Juab County - A Nice Place To Live! Wednesday, December 20, 1995 Volume 93, No. 51 Levan council hears financial Mona Council hears report from auditor report from towns auditors on towns condition By Julie Smalley Times-New- Tunes News Correspondent -- Greg Ogden, Certified Public Accouthe town of Mona, met with the Mona Town Council in their December Assets listed for the two Mona Enterprise Funds, i.e., water and natural gas, total $1,004,260. Broken down into sep- arate accounts they were listed as $404,221 for the Water Fund, and $600,039 for the Natural Gas Fund. Correspondent Levan Town Council by Greg Ogden, town auditor. General fund revenues were reported as: taxes, 46.9 percent; governmental sources, 20.8 percent; charges for services, 18.8 percent; interest income, 6.8 percent; all other categories, 6.7 ntant for 10.1. s The audit report for the year ending June 30, 1995, was presented to the By Marilyn Keyte session to report his audit findings as of June 1995. The combined balance sheet listing all fund types and account groups, lists total liabilities, fund equity and other credits (Memorandum Only) as $1,295,656. This total is down $39,692 from the 1994 total. Mona towns 1995 General Fund revenues were derived as follows: Taxes, 44.1; Service Charges, 24.5; Intergovernmental 15; Permits, 7.5; and other 8.9. General Fund expenditures for 1995 are as follows: Administrative, 44.7; Public Safety, 16.8; Garbage Collection, 16.0; Parks, 12.4; and Highway Single Copy Price 500 10 pages CHRISTMAS LIGHTS All over Nephi, Levan and Mona this year are homes and businesses decorated and lighted for the holidays. Above the home of Steve and Pat Greenwood is only one of the beautiful Christmas scenes. Only the presence of snow could have made it more beautiful. Revenues for the two funds was list- payment needs which would put that ed as follows: Water 34.4; Gas, 64.1; Enterprise Fund in the black for the and Interest 1.5. first time since it was formed. Only one area of the budget was menEnterprise fund expenses were listed as follows: Interest, Maintenance, tioned as an area for improvement. That 24.5 ; Depreciation, 16.8; Professionwas an unfavorable variance in expenOther and ditures in the Administrative, Public al, 16.2; 6.4. 36; Council member Greg Newton in- formed the Council that as of November 1995, the Gas fund lacked only a balance of $2,306 to meet the yearly Gas bond payment which is $66,760. Using projected figures from last years revenues, the town should receive approximately $10,000 in revenue beyond bond ed yet in the audit report. According to Ogden, the variance was not a serious one and at the end of the fiscal year any resulting variance could be adjusted by the Council advertising a budget hearing in which they could vote to adjust the amount needed to cov- percent. General fund expenditures were reported as: Administrative costs, approximately 60 percent; public safety, 7.5 percent; garbage collection, 17.8 percent; highway and public improvements, 8.4 percent; parks and recreation, 6.4 percent. In comparing the general fund expenditures to the budget, Mr. Ogden noted that the administrative and garbage collection departments had overspent their budgets. He commented that each were overspent by less than $2000 and felt that reflected good budgeting. The Safety, and Garbage Collection ac- er the variance. debt or bonds payable, total expenditures were actually Long-tercounts. According to CPA Ogden these three departments accounted for were listed as follows: $17,600 less than was budgeted. Water Revenue Bonds, dated 1983, $16,157 in over expenditures from the Enterprise fund revenues were reamounts projected. Mayor Young said with an original amount of $312,000, ported as: Electric, almost 70 percent; that these funds had been adjusted already by transfers from other accounts, Continued on page 2 Continued on page 5 but the transfer hsi not been reflect m shows that moms thaum 50 off Mgphn residents ffawir more growth Siunrwey By Myrna Trauntvein Times-New- s Correspondent Fifty-sipercent of those taking a recent Nephi City survey favored more x population growth in the community, however, the majority also favored the protection of farm land in Juab County. The preservation of farm land in Nephi was favored only by 30 percent as being strongly important. Nevertheless, 50 percent of residents indicated in comparison to what was now being done, farmland preservation should have a higher priority in the years ahead. Stan Guy, representing Utah State University, met with Nephi City Council members to discuss the results of a survey taken in the community in October. The survey was sponsored by Nephi City, the Utah Partners in Rural Leadership, and Utah State University Extension. Some of the results may seem like a paradox, said Guy. However, there are ways, as you do your planning, to take the ideas into consideration and please more than one group. i For example, he said, open spaces and larger building lots would maintain the rural flavor of the community while allowing expansion of population. The survey was administered as part of the process of the city genup-dati- eral plan. Guy said 254 residents of the community completed the survey which gave the results a plus or minus of 5 percent. Those taking the survey were asked to rank, in order of importance, these rural community characteristics clean environment, sparse population and traffic, abundant open spaces, outdoor recreation opportunities, large building lots, and agricultural based economy. The most important to the greatest number of citizens was a clean environment, said Guy. Next most important was sparse population and traffic. Third was the need of open spaces. We gave them six options and a blank space for them to list a response oftheir own if it differed from the listed options, said Guy. Not too many responded in the blank space. Guy said 84 percent of respondents thought the city should actively work to retain existing businesses and 79 V sances. Sixty-tw- o percent did not want portunity at 16 percent, citizen particiin the neighbor- pation at 9 percent, and preserving pubin traffic an increase hood caused by a home based business. lic safety at 6 percent. When asked what should be considdid not Only 33 percent, or want retail sales at a home based busi- ered second and third, the result of both ness location. questions was that most citizens fafor not lot of the vored a strong education system as an a There was support in the future. to investment in land use city engage planning, only A strong majority, 65 percent, favored 57 percent thought it was a high priority, said Guy. charging impact fees on new developGuy said when residents were ques- ments to cover the difference between tioned as to what should have the high- new tax revenue from growth and the est priority in decision by elected offi- costs of roads, said Guy. Fifty-thre- e cials, the majority, 24 percent, thought percent favored impact fees to cover preserving the rural flavor of the com- costs on schools, 52 percent favored munity should be considered first. Combased businesses, and 62 percent ing in second was educational investment at 23 percent, preservation of the thought tourism should be increased. Continued on page 2 The majority of residents support family unit at 22 percent, economic op home based businesses, said Guy. Many communities, he said, think workers in home based businesses should be limited to family members. In your community, 64 percent agree the Because of Christmas the deadline for next weeks paof the business could have others, not of the family, work in a busiper will be Friday, December 22, 1995 for all advertisness at a home. The restrictions the most citizens ing and copy. Please plan accordingly thought should be placed on home based businesses is that they not create nui percent thought the city should work to recruit new businesses. When Nephi residents were asked what they favored as far as business development, the majority, or 87 percent, of respondents favored development of medical services. Another 84 percent thought retail services should be encouraged, 81 percent thought light manufacturing should be encouraged, 81 percent thought recreation services should be added, 73 percent thought more agriculture production should be encouraged, 68 percent favored an increase in agricultural processing, 64 percent favored more home own-eroperat- or one-thir- d, Early Deadline...