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Springville City Council approves amendments to the 2022-2023 budget

By Kelcie Hartley - | Aug 4, 2022

Connor Richards, Daily Herald file photo

The Springville City Council listens to a presentation during a public meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020.

The Springville City Council approve an amendment to the city’s 2022-2023 fiscal year budget during a regular meeting held Tuesday.

Bruce Riddle, Springville’s finance director and assistant city administrator, explained each adjustment to the council members.

The first item was appropriating $11,000 of unexpected grant money into the Emergency Management Program.

“The first item is in our police department,” Riddle said. “Our emergency manager applied for and received the state of emergency management grant for $11,000. That was anticipated, so we do need to appropriate those funds into the budget. This amendment would appropriate the $11,000 for use in the emergency management program that’s housed in the police department.”

The second item was to purchase a survey rover pack for $35,000. The equipment is needed for use by a Public Works inspector.

“The second item was more of an oversight that anything,” Riddle said. “You may recall midyear last year that we approved a new Public Works inspector position. That position uses a survey rover pack, but we hadn’t had a need to purchase that because the position was vacant, but I think we are now close to hiring someone. This amendment would appropriate $35,000 from the Capital Improvement Fund to make that purchase.”

The third item would remove $25,000 from the community park budget, of approximately $250,000, for a Dry Creek Trail landscaping project.

“The next item is one we discussed in our last work study session,” Riddle said. “The idea would be to reappropriate or reduce an existing budget line item from the capital budget in the community park line. We would take $25,000 from that budget and appropriate it into the Dry Creek Trail landscaping design project.”

The last appropriation was transferring $25,000 from the hardship fund to the Utah County Home Energy Assistance Target program, also called HEAT.

“This is an item we discussed a couple of weeks ago in relation to our hardship committee funds which we have discontinued,” Riddle said. “So, the proposal was to transfer the balance we had there to the county to be administered to Springville applicants to the county’s HEAT program. Those dollars reside in the electric fund as it stands right now.”

The HEAT program provides year-round energy and water assistance and energy- and water-related crisis assistance to eligible low-income households, according to the HEAT website.

HEAT has three eligibility requirements. The household in question must be at or below 150% of the federal poverty level, which is based on monthly income and the number of members in a household. The household must also be responsible for paying energy costs, and the household must contain at least one U.S. citizen or qualified non-citizen, according to the website.

In other business, Assistant City Administrator and City Attorney John Penrod addressed the council about selling approximately 18 acres of property located at near 1775 N. Mountain Springs Parkway. Penrod said the property has recently received a lot of interest from potential buyers. Before selling, the property was appraised to make sure the city accepts an offer worth its value. Penrod said the property was listed for bid and recommended the city sell to a buyer who bid $6.3 million. The council members approved the sale.

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