Creation of a public utilities impact fee, an increase in the property tax mill levy, and an increase in sales tax rates are all on the table as the Town of Paonia heads into 2018 budget season. At the first of several scheduled budget work sessions, trustees and staff were presented last week with an intentionally out-of-balance draft budget by town administrator Ken Knight.
The voters of Crawford will have a large voice in what next year's town budget will look like. On this year's ballot, the town is seeking an increase in its mill levy, looking to replace shrinking severance mineral taxes from the coal industry.
Cedaredge trustees began the process of setting a budget for the coming year on Thursday, Aug. 17, spending time with town staff and department heads discussing spending needs.
Street maintenance was one of the items discussed. The town is budgeting $110,000 for this, "And this won't be cut," said Trustee Al Smith.
Mayor Ken Volgamore has scheduled a town board work session discussion about the issues of declining town revenues, dwindling cash reserves in town budget funds, and ideas for addressing the two problems, ideas that include allowing marijuana businesses to operate in Orchard City as a means of generating tax revenue.
The Orchard City trustees, at their Jan. 4 work session, opened a dialog on the problem of declining town revenues, dwindling cash reserves, and on possible ways to reverse the trends.
Among the ideas suggested was whether to allow marijuana businesses to operate in town and so provide more tax revenue for local government.
In spite of economic headwinds from the Bowie Mine shutdown and declining sales tax, severance tax revenues and mineral leasing payments, the county commissioners last week appropriated $31.5 million for the 2017 budget -- an amount $3.79 million higher, or 13 percent more than the county's 2016 budget.
According to a report to the Cedaredge trustees, the town will spend $39,756 in 2017 for the following memberships, in-kind contributions and cash contributions:
Membership to organizations include the following:
No increases in city utility rates are anticipated in the 2017 budget that's currently being reviewed by the Delta City Council.
Even better, no budget cuts are anticipated because sales tax revenues are holding steady.
The Paonia board of trustees will hold a public hearing on the draft fiscal year 2017 budget at the Nov. 22 board meeting.
The draft budget projects general fund revenues of $605,013 and expenses of $603,190.
The first draft of the Town of Crawford budget for fiscal year 2017 is now available for review during regular hours at Crawford Town Hall. The town council will hold a public hearing on the draft at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16.
Orchard City trustees got their first glimpse of the town's proposed 2017 budget document at their regular meeting Oct. 12.
The budget proposal delivered to trustees calls for a total $1.93 million in planned spending for next year.
The Town of Paonia will address the fiscal year 2017 draft budget at a special budget workshop session beginning at 6 p.m. today at Town Hall. Trustees voted unanimously to accept the draft budget at the Oct. 11 board meeting.
At tonight's regularly-scheduled monthly work session, the Town of Crawford will discuss the proposed mill levy increase that voters will decide on in the Nov. 8 election. Delta County assessor Debbie Griffith will be on hand to answer questions and explain how the proposed 5-mill increase will affect taxes.
Release Monday of the county's preliminary budget for 2017 shows projected general fund spending of $11.1 million, up from $10.6 million estimated for 2016. The 2017 general fund amount includes $3.9 million from property tax receipts.
Cedaredge town administration and board are trying to work through budget issues. A big projected general fund deficit has been trimmed, but more work needs done.
City department wish lists for capital spending along with expected income declines in some areas have created a Cedaredge draft budget for 2017 that is "way upside down" in the general fund, noted Town Administrator Katie Sickles during a budget work session last week.
Trustees and town staff met in the Sept. 8 session to establish priorities for spending requests in the general fund and other budget funds.
The Cedaredge trustees will hold their annual budget work session on Thursday, Aug. 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the public is being invited to attend all or any portion or event.
Moving through their day-long agenda, trustees will hear from town staff on various categories of budget expenses and on particular line item expenditures that department heads will want included in their spending plans for 2017.
The Town of Paonia will hold a special board of trustees orientation session from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 9. The agenda will focus solely on the adopted 2016 budget and associated financial issues and the town's goals and priorities related to the budget.
Orchard City's long-term financial outlook as described in the 2016 budget cites examples of declining revenues in some key areas.
However, balanced against that, the town's cash position and available funds and fund balances in budget accounts show a healthy underlying financial picture.
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