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MAG FY2019-20 Budget

Our budget this year will be close to the two previous years; while overall revenues in each program category are up somewhat or steady compared to last year, the total budget will be down from the previous $26.6M to $24.5M. This is not due to significant revenue or program changes, but in how we budget funding flows from the federal transportation exchange funds. All funds that come through MAG are identified in the budget; however, some funds are not used for MAG staffing or programs. As discussed in previous years, we have a pilot program with UDOT to trade our federal transportation funds for UDOT state funds that are distributed by MAG to local entities for construction projects. These funds will now show up in the MAG budget, but not in staffing or programs, and any comparison with previous years budgets must take this into consideration.

If funds are approved by MAG but stay in accounts controlled by another entity (e.g. CMAQ, some CDBG, and Federal Highways) and are distributed directly to a contractor, that money does not show in our budget.

Requests for transportation planning studies go before the Technical Advisory Committee for vetting and prioritization before going to the Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Regional Planning Committee. This is a practice that was started in 2018. 

Planning studies are a typical line item in our Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) budget.

Total budgeted salaries have increased from $3.3M to about $3.9M or approximately 19%. This is mostly due to MAG being awarded the area contract for Weatherization in the fall of 2018. This was a budget neutral addition to MAG, in other words, the increase in expense for the program was offset with an equal

increase in revenues. Additionally, COLA, Merit, and Longevity also contribute to the increase. Fringe has increased by just under 1%. Health insurance has increased 2.7% (total of $8,382 increase or 0.5% of total salary/fringe budget which is about $18 per employee, per month) while retirement costs have stayed the same. In the past, we have had between 0% and 3% salary increases. We are in a strong economy with nearly full employment and inflationary pressures, and so expect to see additional future increases. We have been very financially conservative in the past and continue to do so.

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