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Larimer County - Final Public Budget Hearing & Sheriff/Commissioner Agreement

Department: Board of County Commissioners
Release Date: Nov 15, 2012

Contact Information:

CONTACT:
Lew Gaiter III, Chair, Board of Commissioners, 970-498-7010, lgaiter@larimer.org
Sheriff Justin Smith, 970-498-5101, sheriff@co.larimer.co.us
Linda Hoffmann, County Manager, 970-498-7004, lhoffmann@larimer.org
FROM: Deni La Rue, Community Information Manager, 970- 498-7150, dlarue@larimer.org

 

The Board of Larimer County Commissionersis seeking public input on the proposed 2013 Larimer County Budget for county services. A public hearing regarding the proposed budget takes place on Monday, November 19th 6:30p.m. at the Larimer County Courthouse Offices Bldg., 200 West Oak St., Fort Collins, 1st floor Hearing Room.
  • The Hearing will be televised on Cable Channels 14 in Fort Collins and 16 in Berthoud, Loveland, LaPorte and Wellington.
 
The Proposed Budget is available currently online at: http://larimer.org/budget/2013budget.
 
In conversations between the Larimer County Sheriff and Commissioners, the potential impact of cutting deputies needed to patrol and respond to emergencies in the rural areas of the county was discussed.  The Board accepts the Sheriff's proposal for 2013 staffing cuts, and shares the desire to avoid cutting patrol deputy positions in 2013.  The Sheriff will continue implementing a series of changes and restructuring in the office over the coming months to achieve the $1,019,614 cut as reflected in the budget proposal. While those changes may result in noticeable day-to-day service cuts, they are designed to preserve the Sheriff's ability to provide critical public safety services to the community.
 
The Sheriff has committed to managing vacancy savings as much as possible to cover the costs of maintaining patrol deputies through 2013. However, if anticipated vacancy savings do not materialize, the Commissioners have committed to work with the Sheriff to assure those deputies are still funded through 2013. Across county services, budget cuts in 2014 and 2015 will be required because the voters' denial in November 2011 to continue the 0.2% sales tax for the jail. The Commissioners, all other elected officials including the Sheriff, and County staff leaders will work together to balance the needs of the community, including public safety, with available funding.                                             
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