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The 2022 Proposed Larimer County Budget is now available online at Larimer.org/Budget. It includes $639.7 million in budgeted expenditures, of which $326.7 million is for general operations, $205.1 million is for capital projects, and $7.1 million is for disaster recovery. Some highlights of the budget are as follows:

  • FY2022 is a noteworthy year for facility construction in the Larimer County Capital Improvement Plan. There is $19 million budgeted for the new fleet repair and maintenance campus, $30.6 million for the new behavioral health facility, $ 9.5 million for the expansion of alternative sentencing facilities, and $24 million for the jail improvement project. These projects are all expected to be completed in FY2023.
  • Larimer County also uses a five-year capital improvement program to budget for infrastructure, equipment and vehicles, land acquisitions, and major technology upgrades. The 2022 capital budget includes $36.9 million in expenses at The Ranch, $6.9 million for parks and open spaces, $31 million on roads and bridges, $26.4 million for landfill projects, $4.8 million on technology improvements, and $6.0 million for new and replacement vehicles.
  • Recent changes to state law impose additional costs on county public safety programs. The 2022 Proposed Budget includes higher property and liability costs for the Office of the Sheriff due to new civil liability requirements, additional medical costs at the jail to meet new reporting mandates, and additional costs for Sheriff and District Attorney staff to manage new required body-worn camera equipment and footage.  
  • The 2022 Proposed Budget includes a set-aside of $12 million of General Fund reserves for a climate-change contingency fund for disaster response, mitigation, and adaptation.
  • Staffing is increased at the Community Development and Engineering Departments to meet the rising demand for services for long-range planning, development reviews, short-term rental permits, stormwater planning, and improvement district management. These are funded with a combination of user fees and general fund resources.
  • Larimer County is receiving more than $34 million of COVID relief funding in FY2022 through the American Rescue Plan Act. Residents are invited to submit ideas about how these funds should be used through the Larimer County Build-Your-Own-Budget tool.
  • Members of the community can explore the county budget at Larimer.org/BudgetExplorer, which provides an overview of spending and shows how taxes are calculated. The public is also invited to comment on the 2022 Proposed Budget at an upcoming commissioner community meeting. The final budget adoption hearing will be held on December 15th, 2021.

Published on: 
Monday, October 18, 2021 - 11:12am

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