Salt Lake County considers fee hike

Salt Lake County considers fee hike

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The Salt Lake County Council is considering charging more for county services to help trim the budget.

Some council Republicans told the Deseret News they may propose increasing the annual membership fees for individuals and families at Salt Lake County recreation facilities.

Council members also say charging 2 cents per page printed by the recorder's office instead of 1 cent would generate nearly $1 million.

The council also is discussing instituting a nominal cover charge at the county fair —- perhaps $1 or $1.50. The fair traditionally has been free. Salt Lake County Community Services Director Erin Litvack says no other county fairs in Utah charge entrance fees.

Those changes apparently could combine to raise as much as $3 million. But Councilman David Wilde tells the Deseret News he'd like to see that money subtracted from a proposed property tax increase.

The council has until the end of the year to approve a 2010 budget.

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