Town of Granby approves 2012 budget | SkyHiNews.com

Town of Granby approves 2012 budget

Tonya Bina
tbina@skyhidailynews.com
Grand County, CO Colorado

In consideration of the 2012 budget, the Granby town board has agreed to spend up to $40,000 in 2012 to secure a position for an economic facilitator in the town.

Marise Cipriani of Granby Ranch has offered to fund $65,000 on top of the town’s contribution to train this facilitator through the Sirolli Institute (www.sirolli.com). The Sirolli Institute, headed by Dr. Ernesto Sirolli, is an international nonprofit organization that teaches community leaders how to establish and maintain Enterprise Facilitation projects in their community, with the “passion, determination, intelligence, and resourcefulness of the local people.”

But the funds to support this expenditure are not yet shown in the adopted 2012 budget, which the board approved on Dec. 13. In January, a supplemental budget is due to be adopted, during which the board must decide where the funds will come from in the town’s reserves, either in the downtown restricted reserve fund, which has $86,415 in it from developer proceeds negotiated and paid whenever Grand Elk or Granby Ranch issued bonds for infrastructure, or in the town’s unrestricted general fund reserves, of which a projected $144,000 is budgeted to be used in 2012 due to less property taxes to the town.

The unrestricted general fund reserves includes $822,885 the town received from the state following an audit.

“The board kept the money in reserves during 2010 and 2011 to be used for a ‘rainy day,'” wrote Town Manager Wally Baird and Finance Director Sharon Spurlin in a Dec. 7 budget memo to the town board. “The rainy day has come in the form of a shortfall in property tax for 2012. A portion of those monies, $144,083, is projected to be used in 2012.”

A small silver lining is that sales and use taxes are on the rise.

The town’s employees will not be receiving any step increases in salaries in 2012. The staff asked that benefits “remain as is” and skipped increases in salaries in exchange, according to the budget memo. “The employees did not want to go backwards.”

After three years without a base salary increase, there was a small salary adjustment in March of 2011 amounting to less than a 3 percent total.

The town is still supplying $25,250 in salary from restricted reserves of the general fund to provide the chamber money to hire a person to assist with Main Street duties, a position held by Laurie Findley. The town is also continuing its $50,000-plus contribution to the Granby Area Chamber of Commerce.

As far as money for the Main Street salary and for the new economic facilitator, a budget advisory committee made up of local citizens advocated for seed money for grant writing to try and offset those town expenditures, but nothing was decided in that direction.

Bike race money donated to SolVista in 2011 was not budgeted for 2012.

The town’s contributions to nonprofits remained at the 2011 level, but new this year is the town’s decision to fund the Grand Foundation, relying on it to distribute the funds appropriately. As much as $8,500 buys the town a “corporate sponsorship” at the Grand Foundation. A remaining $4,000 will be set aside in the town budget for “incidental” nonprofit requests.

As far as capital outlay items, the town rejected budgeting a new police car to replace a 2005 Chevy driven by the police chief, and held off purchasing a street sweeper. The town did budget for a replacement truck in the road and bridge department that will be used for watering flowers and for a utility vehicle.

There are no major projects proposed in 2012. The items budgeted are a street overlay on Garnet Avenue from 6th Street to 11th street, stopping at the county airport, and a small amount of paving on Jasper Avenue between 5th and 6th streets.

The town’s mill levy remains at 7.217 mills. Assessed valuation decreased from 79,779 to $56,600 for the 2012 budget.

– Tonya Bina can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19603


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