Larimer County Releases Proposed 2017 Budget http://larimer.org/budget/2017budget/
Department: Board of County Commissioners
Release Date: Oct 28, 2016
Linda Hoffmann, County Manager, 970-498-7004, email@example.com
Josh Fudge, Budget Director, 970-498-7017, firstname.lastname@example.org
Board of County Commissioners, 970-498-7010, BOCC@larimer.org
FROM: Michelle Bird, Public Affairs Manager, (970) 498-7015, email@example.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Fort Collins, Colorado – Based on the Board of County Commissioners’ priorities and direction, Larimer County Manager Linda Hoffmann released the Proposed Larimer County 2017 Budget on October 15, 2016. The Proposed 2017 Operating Budget is $255,532,392 while the total Proposed 2017 Budget is $428,569,190. The proposed revised 2016 budget is $422,850,433.
Larimer County government includes multiple divisions and departments under the ten elected county officials established by the Colorado constitution, each providing a collection of services to citizens. The vast majority of county services are provided without regard to municipal boundaries: city residents receive the same level of service as those living in unincorporated areas. The Proposed 2017 Budget is organized into five service categories that describe the type of services the County delivers and reflect contributions from multiple elected offices. The service types are:
• Public Safety Services
• Human and Economic Health Services
• Community Resources, Infrastructure, and Planning Services
• Public Records and Information Services
• Strategic Leadership and Administrative Services
Combined, these services constitute the County’s net operating budget. In addition, the budget includes a group of Non-Operational Governmental Accounts that are necessary to track various financial activities of County government, and a separate category of expenditures for response to disasters such as the 2013 flood.
The Proposed 2017 Larimer County Budget, including a more in-depth look at the issues from County Manager Linda Hoffmann, and is available online at larimer.org/budget/2017budget/, or at Larimer County Budget Office, 200 West Oak Street, Fort Collins, Colorado (970-498-7017). Highlights include:
• The estimated amount of County property tax to be collected in 2017 is 4% more than was received in 2016.
• The County’s operating mill levy has been 21.571 mills since 1992, and will not change in 2017.
• The County collects four small dedicated sales taxes that fund specific services. Sales tax collections exceeded the amounts predicted in the adopted budget during 2016 and are projected to grow in 2017 above the level predicted in the revised 2016 budget by an additional 1.4%. The additional revenue generated will be invested in each of the departments/offices receiving the funds for the purposes specified in the voter approval.
• The proposed budget includes $2.19 million of new funding to expand the County’s capacity for providing public safety services in response to significant increases in crime locally which mimic national trends.
• Larimer County is still in recovery from the High Park Fire in 2012 and the 2013 Flood. The 2016 revised and 2017 proposed budgets are still carrying approximately $1 million in High Park Fire expenses. The 2013 Flood generates expenditures of approximately $23.5 million in the 2016 revised and $70.4 million in the 2017 proposed budgets.
Residents are encouraged to give their input on the proposed 2017 budget. The Board of County Commissioners will host two budget hearings, in Fort Collins on November 14 at County Offices Bldg., 200 West Oak St., 1st floor Hearing Room, and in Estes on November 15 at Estes Park Municipal Bldg., Board Chambers, 170 MacGregor Ave. Both hearings begin at 6:30 p.m.
Budget hearings will be broadcast live. The November 14hearing will be broadcast on FCTV channels 14 and 881, Loveland Cable Channel 16, Wellington/La Porte/North County Cable Channel 16, and live streamed online at: http://larimer.org/bcc/broadcast.cfm. The public is encouraged to call in questions during the Fort Collins Hearing to 970-498-7016, or email them to BOCC@larimer.org.
The November 15 hearing will be broadcast live on Estes Park Cable Channel 12 and live streamed online at https://estesgovtv.viebit.com/. The public can also email their question to BOCC@larimer.org during the Estes Park budget hearing.
The Board of County Commissioners urges residents to submit input on the budget outside of the public hearings by email at BOCC@larimer.org, phone 970-498-7010 or by mail at PO Box 1190, Fort Collins, CO 80522
The Budget Adoption Hearing is set for Wednesday, December 21.