Frisco Council approves 2005 budget |

Frisco Council approves 2005 budget

FRISCO – The Frisco Town Council approved the town’s $6.2 million 2005 budget Tuesday by a vote of 6-1.Councilmember Dan Fallon cast the lone dissenting vote, citing concern over the town’s heavy involvement in organizing special events.”I very easily could have voted yes,” Fallon said. “But this is an issue the business community needs to embrace, and I wanted to continue that discussion. “In the last 10 years, we’ve done a really, really good job reinvigorating Main Street with quite a few events. At some point, we need to say we’re doing enough. If more needs to be done, the business community needs to band together, raise the funds and mobilize,” Fallon added.Fallon acknowledged that the Frisco Chamber is beginning to examine the issue, but discussions are still very preliminary. Several other council members shared Fallon’s concerns during budget discussions in October.The town’s community relations department, which handles marketing and special events like the Colorado Barbecue Challenge, Fourth of July and Music on Main, has a 2005 budget of $548,600. The department expects to spend about 4.5 percent more than last year, due in part to increased size and cost of the events.The town will add a Wednesday evening farmer’s market and a competitive adventure race to its summer event lineup in 2005.The council approved the community relations budget, but asked that department staff be frugal and limit expenses where possible. The department will reallocate any savings to developing events near the east end of Main Street.The council decided to eliminate its economic development director position and hand off the responsibilities to other staff and to the soon-to-be-formed citizens’ Economic Development Advisory Committee. In 2004, the town had employed a part-time contract employee in the role, at an expense of about $35,000. The town has budgeted to spend $173,000 on economic development projects in 2005.The council agreed to have town staff brainstorm and implement health insurance cost-cutting measures that will reduce the town’s tab by about 10 percent, or $75,000. Town staff will also work to develop a thorough comparison of total staff compensation relative to towns similar to Frisco.The council allocated $100,000 to develop sketch plans for new amenities at the Peninsula Recreation Area. The town will survey citizens to determine which amenities are most popular and most likely place a ballot issue before voters in November, 2005 to fund the projects.The 2005 budget contains $60,000 for a kayak park on Ten Mile Creek, support for the Swan Mountain Recreation Path and improvements to the Fishhook Trail on the peninsula. The police department will receive $12,000 for a mobile radar unit for use near Frisco Elementary School and other areas throughout the town to slow speeders.The town will spend $20,000 to work with the county on weed control within the town, rather than training its own staff and purchasing its own equipment.Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or at

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