County Commissioners to take public input on recommendations for 2014 budget

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Boulder County, Colo. – The Board of County Commissioners will take public comment on their recommendations for the 2014 Boulder County budget at a public hearing scheduled for 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14 in the Commissioners’ Hearing Room, 3rd Floor, 1325 Pearl St., Boulder.

A breakdown of the proposed budget by spending area will be presented by the Budget Office, and members of the public are invited to provide input at the hearing. The hearing will be streamed live at www.bouldercounty.org/gov/meetings/pages/hearings.aspx.

Comments may also be communicated by email to commissioners@bouldercounty.org or by telephone, at 303-441-3500.

At a public budget work session on Nov. 7, following two public budget hearings in October, one flood-related and one non-flood related, the County Commissioners provided their list of recommended expenditures for 2014 to be incorporated into a final recommended budget. Budget Office staff will present those expenditures as part of the overall recommended budget for 2014 at the hearing on Nov. 14.

The total proposed 2014 budget is estimated at $353.5 million. (For 2013, the adopted budget was $319.6 million).

Property tax revenues for Boulder County are expected to remain essentially flat for 2014 with only small increases generated by new properties and remodels. Sales tax revenues have increased this year by over $2 million due to increased consumer confidence, and other revenues are up slightly this year over last. Grants and other annually-adjusted federal and state “pass-through” monies fluctuate year over year, affecting specific programs tied to those dollars.  

The biggest difference in the proposed budget for 2014 over the adopted 2013 budget comes from the unanticipated – and exceedingly large – expenses of responding to the historic flooding events of September 2013.

As a result of several days of devastating floods, mudslides and rockslides that impacted nearly every community in Boulder County, the county sustained more than $100 million to its transportation system, including the loss or significant damage to five bridges, hundreds of culverts and ditches, and more than one hundred miles of roads. An additional $50 million in damage or destruction to open space trails, water reservoirs, irrigation ditches, and agricultural crops and livestock operations on county open space properties were reported, along with several county buildings that were damaged in the flooding.

As the county seeks to rebuild and repair its infrastructure, money will first need to come from county revenues before any portion of it is reimbursed by state and federal emergency management agencies. In order to keep the county’s cash flow in balance with the need to provide upfront flood repair costs, the County Commissioners have kept all proposed non-flood administrative and personnel increases to a minimum for 2014.

The Board of County Commissioners will adopt a final budget for 2014 on Thursday, Dec. 12.

References:



Barbara Halpin
Boulder County Public Information Officer
BHALPIN@bouldercounty.org
303-441-1622


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