Commissioners ready to OK supplemental budget |

Commissioners ready to OK supplemental budget

Gary E. Salazar

— The Routt County Board of Commissioners is expected to approve its supplemental budget for 2001 this morning.

The three-member board is expected to approve the budget that totals $223,000.

The highlights of the expenditures are a $100,000 grant and $5,000 in an effort that is geared toward maintaining Steamboat Springs’ Olympic tradition.

The budget also includes funds for transportation, personnel and trustee’s office.

To cover the costs of the budget, the county will transfer funds out of the county’s general fund balance, said Dan Strnad, county finance director.

“Not every year goes according to plan,” Strnad said. “We use the fund balance like a savings account. We have money available for those unanticipated events that take place.”

The county will not have to use its fund balance for the $100,000 that will go directly to the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association.

This year, the county received the last Energy Impact grant payment. The county applied for the grant on behalf of the VNA a couple of years ago, Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak said. The VNA has used the grant money to buy office space within Yampa Valley Medical Center’s complex.

The county officials did not include the grant in their budget, which was approved last December, because they were not sure when the last payment would be received, Strnad said.

Another highlight is funding that will go toward the Colorado Olympian Project. The money is being used to raise matching funds for a grant.

The project is being spearheaded to improve Howelsen Hill’s facilities. Organizers are interested in installing equipment that would allow ski jumpers to train year-round in Steamboat.

The cost of the project is estimated to cost $8 million, Stahoviak said.

Also included is an increase in the county’s transportation budget. The county had to increase its budget by $26,000 to pay Steamboat Springs for the bus service it provides between Craig and Steamboat. The county had to increase the budget because the county had not paid the city for the bus service in 2000. The county will pay a total of $72,400 to the city.

Personnel costs also are included in the budget. The county picked up the salary for an agent, $18,000, within the Routt County Extension Office.

Work for the trustee’s office increased in 2001. Because of an increase in foreclosures and an increase in deed releases as the result of a decrease in home mortgage interest rates, costs increased for the office. The fees the volume of work generated will offset the increase, $22,365. The total budget for the office is $56.865.

The supplemental budget also includes $25,000 for the maintenance of the county’s Phippsburg Water and Sanitation facility.

The county had to add the money to its budget because of several unanticipated water pump failures, main breaks and electrical control failures. The money will pay for labor and repair costs.

The county has to approve of the supplemental budgets for its annual audit, which is being done by a Denver firm.

County officials expect for the audit to be complete by May.

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