Jefferson County is forward-thinking. And that includes the county’s budgeting.
“We’re always looking to the future,” said Mary O’Neil, director of budget and risk management.
Although there are some needs that can’t be addressed …
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1.Participate in a discussion
The Board of County Commissioners is hosting a telephone town hall to discuss the 2018 budget and other topics from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Oct. 17.
Participants will be able to listen to discussion, ask questions and answer polling questions.
To pre-register a cell phone, text the code JEFFCO to 828282 or visit vekeo.com/jeffcocolorado.
Phone calls will be made to the pre-registered list and to 50,000 randomly selected phone numbers in the county. Those who do not register or don’t receive a phone call may still participate. During the meeting, call 877-229-8493 and enter 110646.
For more information, visit jeffco.us/townhall.
2.Attend a public hearing
The Board of County Commissioners will host a public hearing on the budget during its regular meeting at 8 a.m. Oct. 17 at the Jefferson County government building, 100 Jefferson County Parkway.
Commissioners are expected to adopt the budget on Dec. 5 during its regular meeting at 8 a.m., also at the Jefferson County government building. A public hearing will also take place during this hearing.
Although there are some needs that can’t be addressed at this time — like the county’s aging demographic which will require additional needs and resources in the future that are not available right now — the budget proposed for 2018 is solid, said Daniel Conway, the county’s budget manager.
The county’s anticipated total budget for 2018 is $555.8 million. The county expects a slight increase in both revenue and expenditures over 2017.
Forecasted revenues for the 2018 fiscal year are estimated to be $432.9 million — an increase of 3.8 percent when compared to 2017.
Property taxes represent the largest source of county revenue — estimated at $218.6 million for 2018. Sales tax revenue is anticipated to total $51.7 million.
The county’s expected expenditures for operations and one-time costs in 2018 are $494.4 million.
Just over half of the county’s costs are from salaries and benefits, at an estimated $254.6 million.
Nearly $50 million is expected to be spent on capital projects. Some of these include $20.5 million on roadways and bridge projects, $5.4 million for the library, $4.1 million for Open Space, $3.4 million for the airport and $2.7 million for the Sheriff’s Department.
The annual budget represents a spend plan, or guide, to meet the goals and objectives of the county commissioners, which, in turn are to meet the needs and challenges of the people residing in the county, Conway said.
“If the public is interested in knowing what the county is focusing on and what its priorities are, the budget is a good place to go,” O’Neil added.
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