Grand County revenues dive; hiring freeze implemented
March 8, 2009
January was an especially thin month for Grand County revenues, according to a financial report released last Tuesday.
The report highlights collections for three key county departments: the clerk and recorder’s office, emergency medical services and planning and building.
The clerk and recorder’s office reflected a 20 percent decrease in January revenues from 2008 to 2009, meaning $56,844 less in county coffers.
That same month, planning and building was down 17 percent and emergency medical services showed a 28 percent decrease in revenues.
Clerk and recording and emergency services revenues then rebounded in February, showing less than a 3 percent decrease from the previous year.
But planning and building revenues continued to fall.
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February revenue from planning and building permits and fees slumped 57 percent compared to February 2008. In building and sanitation permits alone, that meant a revenue decline of $20,800.
Comparing planning and building income from January 2007 to January 2009 shows a 62 percent drop in revenue.
County freezes most hiring
Grand County adopted a freeze on employee hiring last week, “recognizing the economic issues of the time and (the county’s) vulnerability to those issues.”
Departments that require around-the-clock attention, however, such as the Sheriff’s Office, emergency medical services, and road and bridge are exempt from the freeze.
“Those departments would work with the county manager to determine appropriate levels of re-hire,” states a county memo.
“All other departments will not replace workers when they leave county employment, or hire new employees.”
The county does grant a safety net to those departments, saying if the policy “becomes a detriment to departmental function, relief can be sought from the board of county commissioners.”
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