Davis County Connector
Davis County Connector

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Take a minute to read about the county budget process, fun fall things to do in Davis County, and our new library in Clearfield. We hope you find information in our newsletter that is IMPORTANT, HELPFUL, and FUN. The Davis County Website has additional information to keep you connected.

HUGE EFFORT goes into the County Budget Process

The annual Davis County budget represents a lot of work and expertise. Every year from summer through fall, hundreds of hours are invested to wisely allocate taxpayer revenue to fund services in Davis County.

One of the duties of every county in Utah is to assess and collect property taxes for various entities and create a balanced budget of projected revenues and expenses. Multiple elected officials have state-mandated responsibilities in this process.

From July through September, County department heads prepare budgets for the next calendar year. These proposed department budget requests are completed in September.

In October, a Budget Committee holds a week of budget meetings to hear and consider the department budget proposals. This committee includes all three Commissioners, the Clerk/Auditor, and department heads from Human Resources and Information Systems.

Human Resources provides wage comparisons and “benchmark” recommendations every single year to help officials compensate employees competitively, in addition to benefits. Davis County employees are eligible for merit increases every year and some years include additional market adjustments across the board.

The budget meetings are governed by the Utah Open and Public Meetings Act and are open to the public. In any given year, total requests exceed projected revenue by millions of dollars. The Budget Committee works thoughtfully making hard decisions as they prepare a balanced budget. The final budget is presented in a public hearing and must be adopted no later than December 31st.

Many residents are surprised to hear that less than 25% of property taxes collected each year goes to Davis County Government for the services provided. The majority of the property tax revenue go to other entities including the school district, cities, fire and water districts, and other services.

Utah’s “Truth in Taxation” law requires the County to hold a public hearing to receive public input prior to increasing the certified tax rate. The tax rate calculation established by the State legislature limits the ability to collect new tax revenues from market value growth alone. In other words, as property values increase, the tax rate decreases such that new revenue is only generated from new growth (new properties/development). Davis County has not proposed an increase to the certified tax rate since 2017.

Election Integrity

The right to vote in a free and fair election is one of the most basic civil rights in the United States. Confidence in the election process and its ultimate outcome is essential. Election security and integrity are important topics that impact all of us and recently have been brought into question by many in our community. It’s important for citizens to understand the safeguards in place to protect our elections and know how they can be involved.

If you are interested in learning more about how elections work in Davis County, please reach out to the Clerk/Auditor at ClerkAuditor@DavisCountyUtah.gov.

You may also be interested in joining us for the
Pre-Election Logic and Accuracy Test on October 8, 2021
or the Post-Election Audit on November 5, 2021.

Municipal General Election is November 2, 2021.

Has your car failed an emissions test?
We can help! The Davis County Health Department can provide financial assistance toward the repair or replacement of vehicles that are unable to pass current emissions standards. The amount of financial assistance available depends on the vehicle owner's income, but can be up to 100% of the cost of repairs or up to $5,500 toward buying a newer vehicle.

Click the link below to see if you qualify and to access an application. Applications should be brought to the Health Department 2nd floor (22 S. State St., Clearfield, UT 84015). Please call 801-525-5128 with any questions.
Fall Activites

Fall is officially here and we are ready for corn mazes, hay rides, pumpkins, caramel apples, and colorful autumn hikes! Here are a few things to do this month in Davis County:

  • Visit Cross E Ranch for tons of family fun, including a 14-acre corn maze, food, treats, and other activities.
  • Check out Black Island Farms with a haunted corn maze, "Nightmare Acres'', and a new feature this year - zombie apocalypse laser tag!
  • See the dark side of our amusement parks and enjoy spooktacular fun and skeletal thrills at Scary Hill and Frightmares!
  • Head to Antelope Island on October 30th to view the annual bison roundup! You won't want to miss this highly anticipated, authentically western event.

Click below for all the details and more October events in Davis. Follow Discover Davis on Facebook, Instagram and our blog for more upcoming events and things to do in Davis County!

Fine Art Exhibit
The Davis County Arts Advisory Committee is excited to welcome back the Fine Art Exhibit in the Davis County Admin Building at 61 S. Main Street in Farmington. After a year off, and our walls rather dull, we are excited to show off the talented artists in our community. The exhibit can be viewed on the first floor of the admin building Monday through Friday 8 am-5 pm. Most works of art are for sale. Come and support the arts!
New Library Open!
October 23rd
The wait is finally over! On Saturday, October 23, starting at 10:00 am, all are welcome to visit the NEW Clearfield Branch Library at 1 North Main Street, Clearfield. There will be tours of the building, demonstrations of available technology for check out (to use in the library and at home), storytimes, activities for all ages, and light refreshments. Come take a look and spend some time at the library!

Last chance to Visit the Old North Branch Library

Since 1975, the North Branch Library has served the top of Davis County well. You can visit this location one last time on Friday, October 1st anytime from 10 am to 6 pm. This is the last day to check out items from this location until the new library opens.

October Library Programs

Davis County Libraries have some great programs in October including a telescope launch activity night, paranormal investigations, (not so) scary stories for the whole family, paint night for adults, and a Harry Potter trivia night. Be sure to check our website for all the details.
Employment Opportunities
at Davis County
Davis County is looking for qualified individuals to join our team! We have job openings in a wide variety of career paths with great benefits for full time employees.
Please forward to family, friends, and neighbors!