Mesa County Administrator Frank Whidden presented the State of the County report to the Mesa County Commissioners on Monday, March 25 during the Commissioner's administrative public hearing.
The latest economic indicators presented in the address show an improvement in the local economy. Mesa County government continues to provide needed services to residents while improving efficiencies in service delivery.
"Our local economy is showing signs of improvement. There is an increase in building permits and sales tax and a decrease in foreclosure filings," said Whidden. "However, the decisions being made at the Colorado State Legislature, this legislative session, will have negative impacts on our economic recovery, particularly Senate Bill 181, which deals with oil and gas operations, and Senate Bill 188, the Family Medical Leave Insurance Program."
"We have to plan for the future and monitor our revenue closely to ensure that in the prosperous years we plan for the lean years," added Whidden. "We will proceed with caution and make sure that the changes in revenue are sustainable as we move forward to the next year."