County budget up for review Wednesday |

County budget up for review Wednesday

Garfield County’s annual budget hearing is Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 9 a.m., and so far it does not include funds for an oil and gas industry liaison.”On that one, there will probably be some discussion,” said Garfield County Manager Ed Green.At a hearing in October, Silt-area residents affected by natural gas drilling and production asked the county to create the new liaison position, which would help them cope with problems such as noisy compressor stations, heavy truck traffic and more.The county’s draft budget for 2003 is $47.2 million, with a mill levy of 13.65.The big-ticket items in the road and bridge department are:-$144,000 for hot mix/chip and seal for County Road 204.-$40,000 to repair dips on County Road 109 near Aspen Glen.-$38,000 for chip and seal on County Road 229.The budget also allows the county library system to retain its entire 0.25 percent sales tax again this year, which should bring in $1.5 million. Until last year, the library system had to split the sales tax revenues with other county departments.The public hearing will be held at Courthouse Plaza, located in Glenwood Springs at 109 8th St.

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