Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Parks, roads, arts prioritized in St. George budget

Ongoing road projects, new parks and arts facilities could all see funding in the next 12 months, according to a preliminary budget scheduled for a public hearing at a meeting of the St. George City Council. The $50.5 million general fund budget forecasts a 3 percent increase in sales tax revenues for the 2014-15 fiscal year, which starts in July, with a slight dip in budgeted expenditures. The total budget, including special funds, bond funds and other money, is nearly $200 million.

Major capital expenditures would include $3 million to complete this year’s largest infrastructure project, the construction of a bridge over the Virgin River at Mall Drive, $2 million for renovations on the downtown Electric Theater and adjoining buildings and another $2 million for the construction of an all-abilities park near Tonaquint Park on Dixie Drive.

Other recommended expenditures include $1.8 million 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, and $150,000 allocated to a rehabilitation project for hillside scarring on the Black Hill, near the “D” maintained by Dixie State University. The Spectrum