Vernal City Considers Funding for BTA Vernal Route

Vernal City took a close look at the City budget during Wednesday’s City Council meeting as funding for the BTA Vernal route was discussed. This summer BTA funding became a topic after Uintah County officials requested more financial support from benefitting entities. While the funding is already in place for BTA this year, it was announced that $90,000 was needed to fund the Vernal route annually into the future. Uintah County committed to paying half that amount if Vernal City would commit to funding the remaining half. During Wednesday’s meeting, the Council and City officials looked closely at the City’s latest fund balance sheet. One positive note was that as of the month of July, the City’s sales tax revenue matches what was received in July of 2015. No decision was made Wednesday night and the City plans to gather more information from Uintah County and the Uintah Basin Association of Governments before making a final decision on whether or not to provide $45,000 in annual funding for the Vernal BTA route. Mayor Norton says she expects the City will announce a final decision at the joint City/County meeting on October 17th.

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