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News Release

Larimer County 2013 Budget Adopted

Department: Board of County Commissioners
Release Date: Dec 20, 2012

Contact Information:

CONTACT: Linda Hoffmann, (970) 498-7004,
Bob Keister, Larimer County Budget Director, (970) 498-7017,
Board of County Commissioners, (970) 498-7010,
Deni La Rue, Community Information Manager, (970) 498-7150,


The Board of Larimer County Commissioners today adopted their 2013 Budget, amended the 2012 budget and certified mill levies. The total budget for 2013 is $ 323,595,518, up $4 million from the draft budget proposed in October. Adjustments include funding carried over from 2012 for High Park Fire Recovery and Road and Bridge projects.   
The Commissioners today also approved the amended 2012 budget totaling $357,615,051. Compared to the original 2012 budget adopted in December 2011, this represents an increase of 5%. Both revenues and expenses were increased in 2012 by unexpected events such as the High Park Fire and settlement proceeds for buildings at The Ranch.
The Commissioners also certified mill levies. A mill levy is a tax rate on property which provides funds for public services. The County’s operating mill levy of 21.571 has not changed since 1992 and will provide $ 86,257,835.00 for County services such as public safety, roads and bridges, health and more in 2013. One ‘mill’ in Larimer County in 2013 is valued at $3,962,131.14. In addition to the County’s operating mill levy there are mill levies for cities, towns, school districts, special districts and other voters approved entities.  For example, voters approved a mill levy of 0.750 in 2000 for support of Foothills Gateway. That mill levy funding is taken out of the property tax each year and provided to Foothills Gateway. After the collection fees, Foothills Gateway will receive $2,912,144.00 from property tax in 2013 with this mill levy.  
The 2013 budget was prepared using the concepts of Budgeting for Outcomes. In this system county services are evaluated based on priorities set by the Board of County Commissioners. The 2013 Larimer County budget is available online at:  


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