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Falling revenue has Salt Lake County tightening its belt

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SALT LAKE CITY– Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson says when the virus hit, the county rapidly cut spending and froze hiring.  Wilson notes money was saved and freed for a major health response. 

However, crashing tax revenues in the range of $70 million to $96 million have the county scrambling to trim the fat in a new budget. In order to still provide core services, the Mayor and Deputy Mayor Darrin Casper released a statement outlining delayed capital projects, discretionary spending, and any more county hiring. 

They’re also proposing budget reductions for county departments and elected officials from 3 to 10 percent.  The total proposed cuts trim $77 million from Salt Lake County’s bottom line.  Wilson says if they can accomplish this, they won’t have to lay anyone off.