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City's 2013 spending budget set at $52.7M

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado - City Council has officially signed off on a $52.7 million city budget for 2013.

Council voted 7-0 at its Dec. 6 regular meeting to approve the annual ordinance required to appropriate funds for the coming year.

The budget includes a general fund of approximately $11.7 million, plus a $12 million city electric utility budget and $8.5 million water and sewer system budget.

The general fund budget reflects about $300,000 more in spending compared to this year.

However, it does not include any of the eight city staff positions that have been eliminated recently through attrition, according to a previous budget statement from city manager Jeff Hecksel.

That will depend on how city sales tax and other revenues track through the first part of 2013.

Sales taxes are projected to finish this year between 4 percent and 5 percent over 2011. The 2013 budget is based on a continued 2 percent rate of growth in retail sales.

The budget does not include any wage or benefit increases to city workers initially. However, that could also be revisited as revenues allow, Hecksel indicated in the earlier statement.

Also included in next year's spending will be $3.1 million to run the city fire department, a $4.5 million acquisition and capital improvements fund, a $2.4 million streets fund, and $1.2 million to operate the in-city Ride Glenwood bus service.

Other bigger-ticket items in the 2013 budget include:

Landfill Enterprise Fund: $3.4 million

Fleet service: $2.2 million

Tourism promotion: $846,000

Capital projects fund: $898,576

Fire department equipment replacement: $740,000

Downtown Development Authority fund: $711,258

Airport: $178,407

Among the specific projects included in next year's budget for the city will be $916,000 for street maintenance, $500,000 for continued planning associated with the South Bridge project, $400,000 for 27th Street Bridge maintenance, and $75,000 for South Midland engineering and design.

The 2013 city budget maintains reserve funds totaling nearly $3.3 million.

In other business at the Dec. 6 Glenwood Springs City Council meeting, the council:

• Approved an increase in the municipal airport fees for 2013. Various fees associated with use of the airport will each go up $10, generating an additional $620 in annual revenue.

• Formally signed an agreement with the Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District accepting a $270,000 grant for improvements to the hockey rink locker rooms at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. The city will put $223,500 toward the project as its matching share.

• Agreed to keep development application and review and sign permit fees the same in 2013 as they were this year.

• Scheduled a work session with the city's Transportation Commission for 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, to discuss the draft Highway 82 Access Control Plan. The plan is not scheduled to be formally considered by city council until sometime in the first quarter of 2013.

jstroud@postindependent.com


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