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Avon eyes budget cuts

Vail Daily Staff Report
Avon, CO Colorado

AVON – Avon officials say they must cut the town’s 2010 budget to close a roughly $1.1 million shortfall in revenue.

Town officials blame the gap on outstanding payments they claim Traer Creek Metropolitan District owes the town for municipal services and sales tax shortfalls. Town staff provided recommendations on the supplemental 2010 budget to town council Tuesday night.

Proposed changes include freezing and eliminating positions, continuing the full-time furlough program though the end of the year and reducing the overtime hours in several departments. Layoffs in two departments already occurred in February.

Departments found areas to reduce operating supplies, contract services, and other operating costs. Some of the major cutbacks included elimination of the live band for the Salute to the USA, deferral of ditch maintenance, delay of the Upper Buck Creek bridge overlay, reduction of street striping, the deferral of software upgrades and training and cutbacks in advertising costs.

Town Manager Larry Brooks said there is no doubt guests and citizens will feel the cuts. He said the town must cut expenses to avoid deficit spending until the metro district issue has been settled.

Michael Lindholm, a spokesman for Traer Creek LLC, could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.

Additional savings will be accomplished through several adjustments to transit services, parks and recreation services, along with facilities maintenance.

The transit fund subsidy will be cut by reducing summer service hours. The current blue and red routes that run from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. will be cut back by a total of 4,275 service hours by combining the routes into one bus on a black route which will end service at 7:30 p.m.

The recreation department will reduce the length of some classes and cut some fitness programs that are not well attended. Classes that are 1 1/2 hours in length will be reduced to 1 hour in length.

A fund that accumulates reserves to assist with the replacement and repair of major components of the town’s facilities such as roofs, flooring and boilers was reduced, as were the funds to the fleet maintenance fund.–

Further cuts for 2011 could include a reduction in winter bus operations, the elimination of funding for Beaver Creek Mountain Express and the elimination of nonprofit funding in 2011.

Other measures the town has not yet quantified include continued freezing of vacant full-time positions, reductions in special events funding including the fireworks display and cuts in town dues and memberships.

For questions on the proposed supplemental budget amendment, please contact Jaime Walker at 970-748-4087.

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