Grand County budget balanced
County Manager Lee Staab gave a budget update at the Tuesday, October 11 Grand County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting. Staab presented the balanced budget for the county to the BOCC. He showed a series of slides that show the county’s budget through four categories: personal, operations, capital, and revenue. Budget hearings were presented to the BOCC on October 3- 6. After, Staab went back through the budget and walked through it at the meeting.
Staab said they had made several changes to their budget since the budget hearings from the week before. Notable changes were made to the Road and Bridge Department, Economic Development, and EMS and OEM changes were made that brought them from the red to the black.
Staab said he met with the Sherriff’s office and made several changes to their budget, and decreased the total by around $470,000.
Staab said he moved the emergency operations funding to the County Manager’s budget, because that is where is belongs. If there is any emergency in the county, the County Manager has the authority to spend up to $250,000, which increased the County Manager’s budget, but decreased the Sherriff’s budget. The County Manager’s authority, in this case, is just for financials while the Sherriff still retains the authority to act on the situation.
There were several unchanged budgets including social services, juvenile, and county attorney.
The end of the presentation showed the county’s budget as a whole for the four categories: Personnel was reduced by $29,000; Operations was reduced by $389,000; Capital increased by $3,400; and Revenue increased by $571,000.
Through the sound of applause over the speakers (that was part of the slideshow) of the BOCC meeting room, Staab presented what this meant for Grand County: We were in the red by $1.4 million, and we are now in the black by about $100,000.
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