Kremmling shrinks budget for 2011
KREMMLING -The Town Council unanimously adopted a 2011 budget on Wednesday night that is smaller than the budgets of the past two years.
The 2011 budget contemplates general fund expenditures of $996,882 compared with actual general fund expenditures of just more than $1 million in 2009 and estimated outlays of about $1.17 million this year.
Town Manager Ted Soltis said the town has one less employee than a year ago and is expecting even lower sales tax revenues than this year.
Town officials are anticipating total sales tax revenues to decline by 7.15 percent this year. The 2011 budget predicts an additional drop of 5.7 percent next year.
The newly adopted budget includes a 1.2 percent cost of living wage increase for town employees.
Trustees adopted two ordinances related to operating businesses in non-industrial areas of town.
Ordinance 588 allows operation of certain home-based businesses without a special use permit. Some of these operations under previous town law required a special use review.
“It simplifies the whole thing,” said Trustee Erik Woog, adding, “They still have to meet the same criteria.”
Trustee Issac Schonlau suggested the change also might encourage more home-based businesses to come forward and get town business licenses because the process will be far less burdensome.
Other trustees concurred that business owners will have “no excuse” not to get a license, which is still required of all businesses in town.
Ordinance 589, which Woog characterized as a “house-cleaning” measure, explicitly allows woodworking, general assembly and similar businesses to operate within the Central Business Zone as long as the primary purpose of the business remains retail. The ordinance is not intended to permit manufacturing businesses to operate in the downtown retail district.
“It seems a sensible solution to a problem that currently exists,” Woog said.
Both ordinances passed unanimously with the exception of Trustee Mike Music, who has resigned his council seat. The Kremmling Planning and Zoning Commission also unanimously recommended that council adopt both measures, trustees noted.
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