Garfield County wants help with budget |

Garfield County wants help with budget

Phillip Yates
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado “The Garfield County Commissioners earlier this week approved a contract to pay for outside assistance to help train staffers to create the county’s 2009 budget.

The contract, which can not exceed $75,000, went to CBS Accounting, and it includes up to $5,000 for travel expenses. The contract was determined to be fair and reasonable in comparison with several federal contracts, according to a county memo. County commissioners unanimously approved the contract.

Ed Green, Garfield County manager, said a major reason behind the contract was to find a firm to assist county staff in developing procedures with its budgeting process ” an effort that the county has never done before.

“We need to train staff to ensure that we have a number of folks who can put together a budget,” Green said.

Complicating the county’s efforts in drafting its 2009 budget is the late April resignation of Patsy Hernandez, the county’s former finance director. Hernandez often would draft a large part of the county’s budget by herself, Green said.

Green said efforts to rehire a finance director are ongoing.

Cathleen Roekel, assistant finance director for the county, said CBS Accounting was selected because the firm has worked for several governments, is competent and that its references were “glowing.”

Although county officials don’t have a definite idea of the shape of the 2009 budget, Green estimated it could be about $115 to $120 million. The county’s budget this year is about $107 million.

The increase in the county’s budget is helped by the rapid increase in natural gas development that is ongoing in the area, Green said.

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