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2009 Adopted Budget - $295,415,498

The Adopted 2009 Larimer County budget was prepared in compliance with state statute, generally accepted budgeting principles, funding agency requirements, and the budget priorities and directions of the Board of County Commissioners. Major objectives for the budget process for this year were as follows:

  1. The Commissioners set the "Price of County Government" by identifying the total discretionary funds available to finance the 2009 budget and set the proportions that would be available for the key Results Areas:
    • Basic Needs of Larimer County's residents are met
    • Larimer County's character and environment is preserved
    • The County's infrastructure meets current and future needs
    • There is economic vitality in Larimer County
    • There is efficient and effective delivery of the County's governmental services
    • There is efficient and effective delivery of the County's internal services
  2. The Commissioners Prioritized Funding for Services-As guidance to the County Manager for preparing the 2009 budget, the Board reviewed all services, categorized and prioritized them with respect to receiving discretionary funding increases. Services were evaluated based on the following criteria:
    • Requirement or Need to Provide a Service-Mandated vs. Non-Mandated
    • Impact of the Service on the Community-Performance in Addressing Basic Health, Safety or Welfare
    • Relational Impacts of Providing the Service-Relationships to Other Community Services
    • Citizen Priority of Providing the Service-Importance and Degree of Emphasis
    • County Commissioner Priority of Providing the Service-Importance and Degree of Emphasis
    • The Degree that the Service Embodies County Values-Partnering, Collaboration and Prevention
  3. Following the prioritization of services, all services were then assigned funding limitations by the Commissioners as follows:

    Result/Outcome Category Highest Priority Services Mid-Priority Services Lowest Priority Services
    Basic Needs of Larimer County's residents are met 1% Increase 0% Increase 1% Decrease
    Special Exceptions-Sheriff 2% Increase; District Attorney include staffing for new judges and adjust Elections for lower needs in 2009.
    Larimer County's character and environment is preserved 1% Increase 0% Increase 1% Decrease
    The County's infrastructure meets current and future needs 1% Increase 0% Increase 1% Decrease
    Special Exception-Transportation Infrastructure 3% Increase
    There is economic vitality in Larimer County 1% Increase 0% Increase 1% Decrease
    There is efficient and effective delivery of the County's governmental services 1% Increase 0% Increase 1% Decrease
    There is efficient and effective delivery of the County's internal services 1% Decrease 1% Decrease 1% Decrease


  4. The Commissioners also identified additional requirements that the budget must address: The budget must maintain adequate fund balances in major operating funds. The budget must address, to the extent resources are available, the priorities identified in Commissioners Work Plan and Strategic Plan . The budget shall not commit Larimer County to providing programs or levels of service that cannot be reasonably sustained in light of projected resources. The budget shall be prepared incorporating the County objectives of:
    • Maintaining employee compensation at the 50th percentile goal.
    • Preventing inflation for eroding the purchasing power of operating budgets.
    • Providing for the reasonable and timely replacement of equipment and software.

Budget Documents

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