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Dillon financial situation improves

SUMMIT COUNTY – City Market and the Dillon Ridge development have continued to substantially improve the financial situation in the town of Dillon, but it’s still not quite rolling in cash.

At a town council meeting Monday, officials listened to the cautiously optimistic annual presentation from the town’s independent auditor, Wendy Swanhorst, who said the situation continues to look up from the crunch of the years previous to the development’s arrival.

“It’s getting better,” Swanhorst said, although she noted the town still carries substantial debt. The situation has reached a point, she said, where it “was a bit more reasonable” for the town to begin investing in infrastructure improvements.



“This is the first year that you haven’t said, without being questioned, that we are overly in debt,” Councilmember Judee Cathrall commented.

Swanhorst recommended the town build on the foundation it had achieved and “try to stay out of a place where (it has) to finance everything.”



Dillon Treasurer Carri McDonnell said 2002 was a good year.

But she also said the current year may prove a different story as sales tax revenue has declined across the county. Dillon’s receipts were down 5.5 percent for the first three months of the year.

According to Dillon Mayor Barbara Davis, sales tax revenue accounted for 80 percent of the town’s general fund budget.

“We’re very sales tax-dependent,” she said.

Water restrictions

Council passed a resolution Monday renewing mandatory water restrictions for the summer but established certain exemptions.

Outside watering will only be permitted during certain hours of certain days. Residents and businesses north of U.S. Highway 6 are allowed to water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Those south of the highway will be restricted to Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. No outside water use will be allowed on Mondays.

Residents and businesses are allowed to water between midnight and 8 a.m. or 6 p.m. to midnight on those days.

Exemptions to the restrictions include hand-watering flower boxes and baskets with a shut-off nozzle on the hose, personal vehicle washing with a shut-off nozzle on the hose, fire hydrant flushing and dust control and mechanized sweeping.

Other exemptions, such as power washing building exteriors or various construction activities, are allowed only with written permission from the town public works director.

Reappointment

Also at Monday’s meeting, council members reappointed Councilmember Jim Dover as the town’s representative on the Summit County Transit Board.

Aidan Leonard can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 229, or by e-mail at aleonard@summitdaily.com.


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