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Proposed tax cut voted down by commissioners
by Craig Bennett Iron County Today
Dec 22, 2016 | 1331 views | 0 0 comments | 81 81 recommendations | email to a friend | print
PAROWAN--The Iron County Commissioners voted down a proposed property tax cut for Iron County residents, but did vote to give employees in Iron County a small raise in the 2017 budget. The commission meets on a biweekly basis and unanimously approved the 2017 $93.9 million budget last week.

The budget this year increased from $37.8 million in 2016 to $39.9 million in the upcoming year. That number doesn’t reflect the estimated $142,000 slated for all employees to receive an additional 25 cents an hour raise. The exception to the vote includes the County Commissioners and any staff that has been employed less than six months.

Part-time employees will also receive a percentage of the wage increase based on the number of hours each individual works per week.

Interim Commissioner Casey Anderson and Commissioner Alma Adams both voted for the hourly raise for the county employees.

In a public meeting previously held, Iron County Assessor Cindy Bulloch made a statement reminding commissioners of a commitment they had made last year to increase wages for Iron County employees. A 2016 study showed that Iron County was paying employees significantly less than other counties approximately the same size.

Residents attending the meeting wanted to speak out publicly on the property tax cut, but Commissioner Adams, who is the chairman of the commission, refused to open the meeting up for public comments.

One of the attendees, Brad Green, commented on social media that, “Last year, Iron County had a surplus of $600,000 in revenue. The county paid off all general obligation debt and freed up $450,000 dollars in annual debt payments.” He said that Anderson made a motion to reduce the coming year’s budget by about $250,000, but the motion died for lack of a second by either of the other two commissioners.

Adams has stated that residents had an opportunity to voice their opinions during a previous public comment period. He said last week’s commission meeting did not call for a public comment period.

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