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Commissioners set to adopt 2013 county budget

SILT, Colorado - Garfield County commissioners are set to give final approval today to a $116.7 million county budget for 2013.

The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting takes place in Silt, one of the board's regularly scheduled quarterly meetings outside of the county seat of Glenwood Springs.

Today's meeting begins at 9 a.m. at the Silt Town Hall, 231 N. Seventh St., in the town council chambers.

The final budget figure represents a $7 million reduction in operating and capital expenditures from the original budget requests presented earlier this fall, according to a budget summary prepared by Ann Driggers, the county's senior finance administrator.

Those cuts came through eight public hearings held by the county commissioners as they conducted their line-item review of the budget during October and November.

Most of those cuts came in the Road and Bridge Department budget, which initially was proposed to be around $33 million for 2013. The budget that's before county commissioners for approval today reflects about $27.4 million in spending for road and bridge needs.

The county will still maintain a fund balance of around $100 million, from which projects can still be considered on a discretionary basis throughout the year, according to the budget summary.

Total spending for 2013 of $116.7 million would be roughly the same as the adopted budget for 2012. However, through budget amendments over the course of the year, the county ended up spending about $142 million this year.

The 2013 budget includes general fund expenditures of $49.5 million, plus a $22.2 million human services fund, a $4 million oil and gas mitigation fund, a $3 million capital expenditures fund, and a $2.6 million public health fund.

A complete agenda for today's BOCC meeting can be found on the Garfield County website at: www.garfield-county.com/board-commissioners/meetings.aspx.

jstroud@postindependent.com


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