Arvada adopts $235 million budget for 2019

$82 million is slated for transportation

Posted 11/6/18

Arvada City Council unanimously approved the 2019 operating and capital budget for the city at the Oct. 29 council meeting. Staff presentations of the budget started on Aug. 27 with the presentation …

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Arvada adopts $235 million budget for 2019

$82 million is slated for transportation

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Arvada City Council unanimously approved the 2019 operating and capital budget for the city at the Oct. 29 council meeting.

Staff presentations of the budget started on Aug. 27 with the presentation of the 10-year financial plans and a review of the major assumptions. Departmental presentations were held on Sept. 24 and Oct. 8. Council approved the budget without further discussion.

Major differences between the 2018 and 2019 budgets deal with growth.

More than half of the $235 million budget is slated for capital improvements including $82.794 million for transportation projects. Projects include minor improvements to collector streets, ADA ramps throughout the city, intersection safety improvements, signal replacements, replacing guardrails and improving street lighting in an around Olde Town.

Two larger one-time capital projects include the Ralston Road improvements between Yukon and Garrison and the W. 72nd Avenue improvements between Kipling and Simms, including the grade separation for the Union Pacific Railroad line. Implementation of these projects is dependent on voter approval of bond financing.

A new fund this year is $100,000 dedicated to funding the acquisition of public art to be placed throughout the city — the first step in the city’s plan to bring a creative arts district to Arvada.

An additional $23 million is slated for water-related projects including funding Arvada’s share of Gross Reservoir expansion, system improvements to better serve the Northwest part of the city.

Additions to personnel are also accounted for in this year’s budget.

As the city of Arvada’s population grows, and the infrastructure ages, Arvada has created a “Taking Lasting Care” program with an intent to hire nine new positions. A new position was also added to the Community Development and Public Works division to address growth in northwest Arvada and in-fill projects along the G Line.

Construction has begun on the new police station located in the northwest part of the city. Estimated completion of this station, named the Delta Station, is the middle of 2019. The Police Department has continued to add to their workforce to make sure that the station will be appropriately staffed at the opening.

In 2019, three new police officer positions will be added.

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