Summit County budget adopted for 2005 |

Summit County budget adopted for 2005

SUMMIT COUNTY – County commissioners adopted the 2005 Summit County budget Monday totaling $56 million. County manager Ron Holliday noted that the majority of the money will go toward capital projects such as the Community Care Clinic at the new medical campus and the recycling facility at the landfill. Without the capital fund, the budget would have risen less than 1 percent from 2004.Sheriff John Minor’s budget includes a new captain position, and $110,000 is set aside for mobile data computers for deputies in the field. Increases were recommended for the appraiser as well since 2005 is a property appraisal year. The county will have $3 million available for open space purchases in the coming year, and $111,000 from the conservation fund will go toward new recreation path construction.Thirty percent of county funds comes from property taxes, 22 percent stems from sales tax, 23.5 percent comes from grants and 24.5 percent from fees for services.The county commissioners’ meeting is open to the public, and time is set aside for public comment; however, on Monday the commissioners performed for a virtually empty room. No citizens were in attendance, and not a comment was heard on the budget.”We’ve had very little public input on the budget,” said Commissioner Bob French.He believes the lack of input is a testament to the determined effort of county staff to shape a fair budget.”I think citizens are hopefully feeling that their money is being spent appropriately,” Commissioner Bill Wallace said.Copies of the budget are available at local libraries, in the Summit County Courthouse in Breckenridge, in the Clerk and Recorder’s Office and the finance office.Jennifer Huffman can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 248, or at

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