Like all Utah local governments, the Town of Castle Valley has a General Plan. The primary purpose and focus of the plan is to provide a framework for land use control, although Castle Valley's plan covers a broader range of topics:
- Land Use
- Fire Protection
- Environmental Concerns
- Town Government
The current General Plan was adopted in September, 2007 after nearly a 18 months of discussion. A Public Opinion Survey was conducted by mail in the spring of 2007 as part of the planning process, and several public hearings were held.
The Town has a fiscal year of July 1 through June 30. Discussions on the budget occur over several months each spring, with the budget normally passed in the June meeting of the Town Council. A public hearing is required part of the budget approval process.
(Under Utah law, revenues must equal expenditures).
The primary sources of income for the Town are:
- Property Taxes (48%)
- Utah Sales Tax allocation from the state (24%)
- Road Tax allocation from the state (18%)
- Interest (1%)
- Other, i.e. fees, contributions, etc. (9%)
Expenditures allocated in the 2010 budget are:
- Administration (clerk, office, elections, insurance, etc) (38%)
- Roads (32%)
- Professional services (legal, audit, etc.) (11%)
- Building (mortgage, grounds, cemetery) (11%)
- Other (Planning & Land Use Commission, Water, etc.) 8%
In addition the Town has an annual Capital Budget. In recent years, most of this budget has been spent on roads and road equipment.
Citizens may view the official Financial Statements of the Town prepared by Smuin, Rich & Marsing CPAs Here or in the Town Office.
Town Purchases The Town has Purchasing Policy that, in summary, specifies the following:
- The Mayor has the authority to authorize purchases of under $600 or less
- The Town Council can approve purchases of $1500 or less without seeking competitive bids
- The Town Council must have at least three documented bids for purchases between $1,501 and $10,000
- For purchases of over $10,000 the Town must seek sealed competitive bids through public postings and newspaper advertising
- Exceptions may be made to these policies in the instances of sole source providers or emergencies