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H.B. 358 Enrolled





Sponsor: Bradley T. Johnson

                  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
                  technical changes.
                  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 [50%
                  of the total revenues of the General Fund for the current fiscal period, except that in counties]
                  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, [the accumulated surplus shall be limited to] 20% of the total revenues of the
                  General Fund for the current fiscal period[.]; or
                      (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
                  budgetary purposes.
                      (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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