Monday, December 12, 2016

Commissioners unanimously adopt budget for 2017

Approved county budget focuses on necessary public safety priorities and infrastructure




The Board of Mesa County Commissioners today approved a $159.6 million county budget in public hearing. The approved expenditures prioritize law enforcement and core services to strengthen the community while increasing efficiency across Mesa County government agencies.

The total budget for 2017 is $159,567,741, which is a 2.2 percent increase from the 2016 adopted budget. The general fund budget is $57,338,622, which is a 0.1 percent decrease from the 2016 adopted budget. Public safety accounts for 49 percent of the general fund budget.

“Our Board, along with elected officials and departments heads, has worked hard to prioritize core government services according to the proper role of government,” Chair of the Board of County Commissioners Rose Pugliese said. “The biggest driver of this budget has been public safety increases and infrastructure improvements.”

The 2017 county budget invests $35.9 million in capital projects, including:
Road and bridge infrastructure and system improvements—$18.1 million
Facilities—$5.5 million
Regional transportation—$1.1 million

“With competing demands for county dollars, I believe we have adopted a budget that honors the Board’s longstanding commitment to fiscal responsibility in the allocation and efficient use of our resources,” Pugliese added.

For more information on the 2017 budget, visit http://www.mesacounty.us/finance/2017-budget.aspx. Additional information will be posted online as it becomes available.

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