Wednesday, May 7, 2014

St. George preliminary budget includes parks and roads

Anticipating a modest increase in revenues, the St. George City Council approved a preliminary budget proposal. The budget recommends funding for a number of new projects as well as funding for ongoing projects, including $850,000 for a regional pipeline payment and $1 million to replace a water storage tank in the St. George Industrial Park.

Another $3 million would be for the completion of a bridge over the Virgin River at Mall Drive, and $2.2 million would go toward pavement management. Another $1.8 million is recommended for a drainage system in the Washington Fields area, $1.9 million for improvements on Indian Hills Drive and $900,000 for a city match on a state interchange project at Red Hills Parkway and Bluff Street.

There is $300,000 set aside to go toward the purchase of a new homeless shelter and resource center. Increased funds from impact fees brought in by new growth could also lead to more capital projects for parks and trails, including $900,000 for Millcreek Park, $300,000 for an All Abilities Park in the Tonaquint area, and $240,000 for the Seegmiller Park project in the Little Valley area. The Spectrum