The Elbert County Board of County Commissioners has adopted the 2020 budget, which is $32,510,609 for all funds, reflecting a 6.38% increase from 2019. Part of the increase is the result of the …
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The Elbert County Board of County Commissioners has adopted the 2020 budget, which is $32,510,609 for all funds, reflecting a 6.38% increase from 2019. Part of the increase is the result of the reassessment of property values, which occurs every two years, and which added just over $3 million dollars to county coffers in 2020.
“The budget development was a collaborative effort between elected officials, county staff and residents,” said Sam Albrecht, Elbert County manager. “The Elbert County 10-year strategic plan was an important guide in the budget development process.”
The budget allows for additional full time employees within the county, including one additional human services child support specialist, two positions for road and bridge blade operator and project crew member, and a community and development services land use planner. Realignment of positions in the sheriff’s office has allowed for two additional detentions deputies.
Approximately $500,000 will be used for critical infrastructure capital investments for repairs and critical preventive maintenance to county facilities, including roof repairs, which tops the list of priorities on the facilities condition assessment report delivered in 2019.
“Critical repairs on roofs and other parts of the buildings, those are going to be the most pressing issues,” said Albrecht. “Our goal is to group some of these projects together. For instance, if we need repairs on several roofs, we’ll try to do them at the same time to save money.”
Bringing all facilities up to code to be ADA compliant is another issue outlined in the facilities condition assessment report, and according to Albrecht it’s mostly minor issues that need to be addressed.
“Most of the things we need to be ADA compliant are small things like fixtures and door handles in the county buildings, the fairgrounds and the Samuel Elbert building.”
The road and bridge department’s five-year transportation capital improvement plan (CIP) was also included in the budget, which will include a bridge, paved road and gravel road assessment. The county received a matching grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs in 2019 to complete a new and expanded Elbert County Master Transportation Plan.
The county is already working on next year’s budget, which won’t include an increase due to home value reassessments, but should include revenue from a few new businesses, more homes being built in Spring Valley, and the anticipation that the Independence community will begin to pull building permits.
“The nice thing we did in this budget is we started to project forward expenses into future years,” said Albrecht. “All these details reflect increasing financial stability and greater transparency in your county government.”
The full budget is available to view at https://www.elbertcounty-co.gov/budget_information.php.
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