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H.B. 358 Enrolled
This act modifies provisions relating to Counties to modify the maximum amount of
accumulated unappropriated surplus that a county may retain. The act also makes
This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
17-36-16, as last amended by Chapter 52, Laws of Utah 2001
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
Section 1. Section 17-36-16 is amended to read:
17-36-16. Retained earnings -- Accumulation -- Restrictions -- Disbursements.
(1) A county may accumulate retained earnings in any enterprise or internal service
fund or a fund balance in any other fund; but with respect to the General Fund, its use shall be
restricted to the following purposes:
(a) to provide cash to finance expenditures from the beginning of the budget period
until general property taxes, sales taxes, or other revenues are collected;
(b) to provide a fund or reserve to meet emergency expenditures; and
(c) to cover unanticipated deficits for future years.
(2) (a) The maximum accumulated unappropriated surplus in the General Fund, as
determined prior to adoption of the tentative budget, may not exceed an amount equal to [
the greater of:
(i) (A) for a county with a taxable value of $750,000,000 or more and a population of
100,000 or more, [
General Fund for the current fiscal period[
(B) for any other county, 50% of the total revenues of the General Fund for the current
fiscal period; and
(ii) the estimated total revenues from property taxes for the current fiscal period.
(b) Any surplus balance in excess of the above computed maximum shall be included in
the estimated revenues of the General Fund budget for the next fiscal period.
(3) Any fund balance exceeding 5% of the total General Fund revenues may be used for
(4) (a) A county may appropriate funds from estimated revenue in any budget period to a
reserve for capital improvements within any capital improvements fund which has been duly
established by ordinance or resolution.
(b) Money in the reserves shall be allowed to accumulate from fiscal period to fiscal
period until the accumulated total is sufficient to permit economical expenditure for the specified
(c) Disbursements from the reserves shall be made only by transfer to a revenue account
within a capital improvements fund pursuant to an appropriation for the fund.
(d) Expenditures from the capital improvement budget accounts shall conform to all
requirements of this act as it relates to the execution and control of budgets.
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