Dive Deep into the Budget

​An essential part of managing Larimer County is the ​development of the annual budget. The budget includes over $270 million in spending, which includes services ranging from elections to the landfill to the farmers' market. To help residents better understand how it is created, the Budget Office has created a new tool to gather feedback and help you understand what it takes to create a balanced budget.

Click here to build YOUR version of the Larimer County Budget

Send Feedback on the Budget

The Larimer County Build-Your-Own-Budget tool allows you to submit desired spending levels and comments for each program and service category. We also welcome feedback on the budget or on the new tool via email. Contact Budget Director Josh Fudge at jfudge@larimer.org or the County Commissioners at BOCC@larimer.org. Remember that emails are subject to Colorado's public records laws. 

To attend a work session, public hearing, or informal citizen meeting about the budget please check the commissioners' meeting calendar

FAQs

  1. County staff is looking for new ways to include more people in the budgeting process, especially those who are not able to attend budget hearings. The tool allows people to participate on their own time, in conjunction with the county's traditional budget adoption timeline.

  2. The tool is very user friendly. All you need to do is click the "+" or "-" buttons to change spending or revenue. You can also submit comments by clicking the speech bubble next to each county service. 

  3. Submissions are shared with the County Manager and County Commissioners to guide budgeting decisions.

  4. Spending on capital, disaster, administration, and internal transfers have been removed to show more accurate county spending. The actual budget looks larger and more complex when these elements are added in.