Hot Sulphur budget mellows following 2013 projects |

Hot Sulphur budget mellows following 2013 projects

Reid Tulley

HOT SULPHUR SPRINGS — The Town of Hot Sulphur Springs is looking at a conservative budget year for 2014 after completing two major projects in the past year, including the installation of a pedestrian bridge over the Colorado River and repaving of the roads north of Highway 40.

“It has been an exciting year, and we have gotten a couple of good projects taken care of,” said Hot Sulphur Springs Town Clerk Sandy White. “We are doing pretty good.”

The town is budgeting $768,715 in revenues in 2014.

The pedestrian bridge was funded by grants from the Colorado Department of Transportation and Great Outdoors Colorado as well as money from the town’s conservation fund, which is funded by the Colorado Lottery. Money to repave the roads in the town was raised by an increased mill levy to the town’s residents, passed in 2010.

Both projects were completed without the town having to spend money from its reserves.

The town plans to repave and complete updates to the streets on the south side of town after the fund that collects money from the mill levy grows in a few years, according to White.

One project the town is planning for in 2014 is updates to its sewer system, for which the town acquired a $200,000 Department of Local Affairs grant as well as a loan from the state. The engineering plans for the updates are currently under review by the state, though the town hopes to begin the updates at some point in 2014.

Reid Tulley can be reached at 970-887-3334

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